My parents are coming into town for one night this week, and I was trying to find something either Italian or seafood that fit those usual criteria-- quintessentially "New York," not too expensive, and (in their case) not too non-traditional.
Someone suggested Da Silvano, and I made a res. I've never been, probably because I live in the East Village, and thereby in walking distance of tons of reasonably priced and excellent Italian restaurants. But I kind of felt like I wanted something a little more "upscale" and perhaps more showy than, say, a place like Supper or Max. Babbo and Lupa didn't have reservations, and would've been my first choice.
So what can I expect from this place? First, none of the online menus have prices, but it looks like entrees in the low-mid 20s. Is that right? Second, what kind of experience is it? I know it's a big hit with the media scene, and really couldn't care less either way. But food/service/ambience-wise, is it going to resemble something like, say, an Il Mulino? Ideally, I am hoping (I guess) that this place offers some of that "charm" of Il Mulino without being as a) crowded b) poor with its reservation policy c) totally devoid of innovation d) expensive (the $50 porcini mushroom ravioli at lunch pretty much defined "overpriced" for me).
I guess I've decided that unless Da Silvano is really going to be something special (even in a slightly touristy kind of way), then I might as well retreat back to the world of Gnocco/Cacio e Pepe/Frank/Max/Supper/etc etc etc etc.
Advice (or a spare reservation at Babbo or Lupa) would be appreciated.