A lot of places listed aren't last minute reservation places -- Babbo? Are you kidding? Last minute next month? Of those listed, I'd say avoid "One if..." like the plague, especially for parents who like food. I love Craft, but the menu is a bit experimental, at least it would be for my parents. Gramercy Tavern and Union Square are great picks, but unlikely to get a table at this late stage. Gotham is a more likely table pick and good to go. I wouldn't send my parents to Da Silvano, but perhaps you're related to some cooler people than I. Afterwards you can go to a Eurodisco with them and some Siberian models. Balthazar is a good pick. Not nearly a snotty as Pastis and much prettier, but not a table shoe-in either. Loud and fun, so it may not be what the 'rents want. You can have breakfast there wtihout a reservation, btw. Peasant is okay. Better scene than food, but the food ain't too bad. Pretty space. Not good parent scene. Some other possibilities that won't be too bad for tables if you're strictly speaking downtown: Red Cat, Blue Hill (I heard easier to get a table than it used to be -- true?), Mesa Grill (although not the food you were suggesting), Grange Hall, Washington Park, Il Cantanori. God, there has to be somewhere new and good. Anyone know what happened to the Danube evolution?