I've been asked to find a spot to celebrate my significant other's late-20s birthday. Some considerations:
1) He doesn't want "stuffy."
2) Good food's a must. His dad's the head of a gastronomy society. The parents will be there as well, so a spot like, say...Freeman's might not do it.
3) No limit on price, but we'll need to have a space Monday night for a crowd of 5. Babbo, unfortunately, won't cut it.
4) Ideally - and this is my only consideration (not completely necessary) - it wouldn't be too quiet a place such that I'd have to make a lot of small talk. I just want to eat and keep my head down really.
Places they've liked recently: Cafe Grey, Little Owl, Mas.
They didn't like Veritas, Tocqueville was too just so-so for them, 11 Madison was good enough but didn't earn raves.
I'm thinking Cru, Craft, Landmarc, Blue Hill if the food really merits it over the other places (yes, yes, it's stuffy, I know)....
Any strong endorsements would be GREATLY appreciated. Thank you in advance!