Isle Of Capri
Neighborhood: Upper East Side
Address: 1028 3rd Ave.
Why you should go: The service is very friendly, and let's face it, it's hard to really screw up Chicken Parmagiana.
Carbone may try to recreate the classic red-sauce ristorante vibe for a new generation of hipsters, but Isle Of Capri has been kicking it old-school since 1955. Sure, the food isn't as good, and you have to schlep up to Bloomingdale's territory to check it out. But hey, at least you won't have to wait to get in. In fact, if you go there for a late-ish dinner, you might find yourself outnumbered by the charmingly obsequious wait staff. The place is huge, too, so you'll have room to spread out after inhaling thousands of calories worth of carbs.