1. mom-in-law's 80th birthday!
2. most likely staying midtown (W. 44th between 5th & 6th), want to be within walking distance
3. need someplace QUIET on a Saturday night...dad-in-law doesn't hear so well
4. also need impeccable yet friendly service...this may be more important than the food
5. some of us don't eat red meat
6. some of us can't eat spicy
7. any place that might have a private room for a party of 8?