I'm never on the UWS and am stumped. I need a weekday lunch res for 7 that is not "too expensive" (grandparents aren't paying but dad says the won't like it if it seems very expensive) not "too fancy" (again dad says grandparents won't like it if it feels too fancy) has several pasta and fish options (yup, grandparents keep kosher and aren't that adventurous) that will also be good enough to please me since it's my special occasion. Italian is always the easiest option with them.
Ciano and ABC Kitchen seem perfect minus the location (need to be further uptown I'm told). The menu at Telepan looks good but I've read some mixed things on the boards. Have also considered but not jumped at Landmarc, Boulud Sud. Even considered just dumping the whole idea and going to a pizza place or going to get lox and bagels but think I need somewhere comfortable for everyone to be.
Having trouble defining our price range since I'm not paying nor are my grandparents (and because I'm not accustomed to dining out for lunch) but I think the 20-30 pre fixe range is about where we're at. Any suggestions?