I have a triple date coming up in a couple of weeks, and since I'm the resident foodie, I know the restaurant choice is going to fall to me. I need a place with relatively inexpensive (under $25) entrees, since two of the six are students. The restaurant should be lively enough that a group of 6 wouldn't annoy anyone, but not so loud that we have to shout. No need for a "scene"-- a neighborhood place is great. Ability to make reservations is a must; ability to use a credit card is preferred. Any neighborhood is probably fine, but Midtown (either side) or below might be better than the UES/UWS.
I'd like to go with something Italian, since that's a crowd-pleaser, but not a small plates place (my boyfriend and I just walked out of Suba hungry). My immediate thought was Crispo, but they require a credit card for a group of that size, and since no one's plans are firm yet, I'm hesitant to put it on my card now. I know everyone loves Apizz-- would that fit the bill?
You all always have great recommendations, so I'd appreciate any thoughts you can give me! Thanks!