We are taking my grandmother, who is turning 90 (and is a very spry, with it, 90, I may add) out for her birthday dinner---four people ages 35-90--all foodies and need some help finding a place that has a special ambience, is not too trendy/loud, and has outstanding food, too. Last year, we did Casa Tua, which, although the food is not a 4 start, IMO, it was still a great night, sitting in the terrace enjoying a four course dinner....does not need to be formal--nothing stuffy, but more than a neighborhood (too casual) place. ..live by design district, but willing to go to Miami Beach, etc.
I was thinking of Baleen...is this a good choice? what are better options? open to Italian, Thai, American--just no Indian, French, Japanese (rats!), or steak houses--something more interesting with fab food.