I've been looking through thread after thread and I'm still undecided, so I thought I'd ask for help.
My boyfriend's birthday is the Sunday before Christmas. Instead of presents, he likes a nice dinner (nice for us= $200-250 total bill, including wine). Last year I took him to Mas Farmhouse. He loved it.
He really likes the Oyster Bar, he loved Mas and he's a big fan of Blue Ribbon Bakery. He also really likes great italian food. He doesn't have a super adventurous palate, (but he's getting braver all the time.)
He hates a place that's crowded and loud, no matter how good the food.
I'd love a geographic range from the Flat Iron to the West Village, but I can absolutely be swayed otherwise. We'll do drinks before and after.
Thanks in advance for any ideas.