My folks are hosting the rehearsal dinner for my brother's wedding. They can spend ~$5,000. Mom has thought of I Coppi. The bride would like BLT Fish, but we simply cannot afford that. As far as cuisine, I think that Italian (not red-sauce), New American/Eclectic (to borrow the Zagat designation), or seafood would all be top choices.
I think this should cover most specifics. Oh, downtown, or at least below 14th is preferable for my folks.
Thank you so much!