Thanks for all the great help so far in planning my trip to NYC.
The one meal during my weekend visit in which I will have to make some concessions is when the family will join us for Saturday lunch. Criteria: (1) Okay for group of eight; (2) okay for three-year-old; (3) will please adventurous diners who rarely get to NYC and seek wow-worthy food; and (4) will satisfy very non-adventurous diners.
Based on direct feedback and other posts on this board, my best bets so far appear to be:
Cacio e Pepe
Eleven Madison Park
I'd love help with those options, or other suggestions meeting the criteria.
Incidentally, I have been to Otto and Lupa (which might meet the criteria), and loved them both, but don't want to go back on this visit.