We will be coming up to NYC in a few weeks with our friends from the south. They have a 2-1/2 year old daughter. As expected, they are looking forward to a memorable Italian lunch/dinner in Manhattan. Looking for suggestions, please.
Criteria is $10-$20 per entrée, casual attire, good red-sauce variety of pasta/chicken/veal, ok for child and group of 6-8, nice ethnic ambiance (to meet their NYC expectations), red and white tablecloth a plus (see last comment), and downtown/midtown location not too far from subway. Don't need extensive wine list - decent red/chianti is satisfactory.
We're really not looking for the best Italian food in the city, just something that is very good for that range and will meet their expectations for the experience. Hope I didn't make this too difficult. I've read some of the postings, many seem more upscale than needed and any further suggestions/recommendations to help narrow the focus would be greatly appreciated.