We are celebrating a graduation in May and I'm having some out of town guests coming in. The reservations should be made within the next few days (for those places with 30 day advance). I'd like to take them to a memorable place, but below $80/pp.
There are a few issues that might confuse things!
First off, there are a few heavy eaters that I want to be sure are 'full' after the meal (especially after dropping $$).
Secondly, there are 2 individuals that need easy access due to a wheelchair. Therefore nothing in an upstairs room without an elevator.
Thirdly, I want to make sure its memorable (food, atmosphere, service). None of the guests, aside from myself have been to any great restaurants in NYC.
I was contemplating:
Babbo: either pasta tasting, regular tasting, or off menu (worried about access to top room and if that's not possible the level of comfort for us on the bottom)
Gramercy: price-fix (is this enough to eat?!)
Del Posto Enoteca: (good value, but worth spending more for much better meal elsewhere?)
Any other suggestions? I'm a big Danny Meyer fan and feel that his locales will be a better fit for the group that I have, but I'd like to try Babbo. I'm open to anything! Thanks for your help.