This is something I'm researching for somebody who has a somewhat different set of standards than me, and hence need your help.
This will be a weekday dinner for a group of, I think, 8. The person who is throwing the dinner (which is not a celebration of anything in particular) wants:
- very good food
- ability to have a conversation
- stylish environment (doesn't need to be very formal but a certain amount of style is expected)
- a place with something of a "scene". She wants to feel she's in a "hot", or at least fairly new, restaurant. And she wants to have that "Brooklyn experience", you know...
I thought of the following candidates, but none seem ideal:
Convivium - problem: too rustic (I think)
Chestnut - too small, but maybe. Small wine list though.
Grocery - well, I just can't get excited about it but it's an option I guess
Al di La - would have been great but no reservations, so that's out
Rose Water - decor too informal...
Saul? but isn't that "old"?
I don't know, it's tough. The "scene" aspect throws me in particular, as I tend to avoid places that have a "scene" - but then again, I don't think there IS a "scene" going on at any of these places!
I also considered Blue Ribbon which I've heard great things about, but have never been to. Do you have any other suggestions, or care to comment on my choices? PLEASE, I really do need help.