My partner and I will be staying in Chelsea in mid-October. On Saturday, local family will be coming into the city for a visit and a fun family day. 6 people total, all adults. We will probably check out Chelsea galleries, maybe head over to the Village, etc.
It's my Mom's birthday, and I don't see this branch of family often, so I'd like suggestions for dinner restaurants. Preferably somewhat near Chelsea/Meatpacking.
Though the two of us are "foodies", some members of the family prefer very familiar fare (but still very good!). It doesn't have to be pure meat & potatoes, but crudo and fennel dusted sweatbreads just won't work. I'd rather the bulk of the menu feel accessible to everyone, preferably with at least some creativity in the preparation. A few "out there gourmet" items on the menu is fine but too many will alienate some.
1) We will be casually dressed after a day of exploring, I realize this is a limiting factor.
2) I'd prefer to keep the price point moderate at ~$50 pp (excluding alcohol) but that's not a hard budget.
3) I'd like the place to feel like a special treat for the Birthday Mom and not a generic, boring restaurant. She's young in attitude.
4) Not super loud and trendy, but a reasonably stylish decor and lively or "special" atmosphere is good. We'll probably be eating early (maybe 5:30 or 6) so we'll be avoiding the more sophisticated later crowds.
Italian, New American, Seafood, Gastro Pub? Other ideas? No Asian. I'd prefer to avoid regular steakhouses because we have loads of those down here.
Italian is tempting, but my partner and I plan to hit both Del Posto and Scarpetta, so more Italian may be overdoing it. We have very little good Italian at home and we adore it, so that wouldn't be the end of the world.
Any thoughts pop to mind? I realize this may be a challenging wish list and we might not hit all of the points.