My mom has never met my boyfriend's mom, so I am taking them out to eat together as a Christmas present. I need a place in the Chelsea/Flatiron area that I can afford on a student budget with good food, plentiful wine, and not so much noise that we can't hear eachother. Also, our moms' tastes in food are on the more conventional side.
A few people have recommended Via Emilia, but I see that they don't take reservations. How long would the wait be on a Monday or Wednesday around 7 or 8, and does it meet my aforementioned criteria? Any input would be appreciated. Likewise, I would be happy to hear about any alternative options.
Thanks in advance. This is a somewhat nervewracking experience, so I am happy for any help we can get.