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Chowhound Stumped for Celebration Dinner

Adam J | Dec 29, 2005 12:38 AM

I'm the office/social group chowhound, the guy who's eaten everywhere and always knows where to send people. Well, I'm a bit stumped and need some advice frommy fellow chowhounds. I'm looking for a restaurant for a small family celebration that:

(1) has great food (several of the people attending a real foodies)
(2) is not very meat heavy (several of the people attending are quasi-vegetarian: eat fish but no meat)
(3) is not Asian, Spanish, Mexican, African, spicy, or in any way "adventurous" (several people attending are a bit...conservative... when it comes to food- only eat Italian, French, American, etc.)
(4) is not too dressy (two of our guests are in from out of town without dressy clothes, so somewhere they can get by with khakis/sweater/nice sneakers)
(5) is "special" (yes, yes, that's very vague, but it's for a celebration)

Price is not an issue. Nor is location. Here are a few places I considdered but rejected:

Aquagrille - been too many times
Babbo - been too many times
Blue Hill Stone Barns - been too many times
Blue Hill - like BHSB not not quite as good
Fleur de Sel - a bit too dressy and had a family gathering there a few months ago
Hearth - been too many times
Tasting Room - menu is too limited / interesting for the picky eaters

Here are a few places I'm unsure about:
Del Posto -(How dressy is it - like Babbo or nicer? How hard is it to get a table?)
L'impero - (I haven't made my way over there, but suspect it's a bit too dressy to wear sneakers. Is it?)
Thalassa - (I've heard mixed reviews- any comments?)

I'd appreciate any input / advice. Thanks!

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