I am looking for an Italian restaurant for Monday night for 10 people. Everyone is chowish. 7 are from out of town and on a tight budget. They have all been to NYC before and love it for a bunch of reasons, notably, its food. Northern, Southern, Old School, Nuvo, are all fine.
Carmines has the right price points, I want to do better than that in terms of atmosphere, quality, and creativity. Ideally I would like to find somewhere on the west side (either West Village, Chelsea, or Upper West side) other areas are fine if you think the restaurant really hits the mark.
Thanks for your help.