out of towners
It happens that I am in Manhattan for a seminar at the same time as some colleagues from another office of our firm are attending a trade show. Picking a place for dinner has fallen on my shoulders.
I've already got an impressive place for us to meet, as I am staying at a friend's parents' apartment on Fifth Ave in the upper 60's. Now I need a quintessential NYC dining experience for my colleagues. The response I'm looking for is "How did you know about this place?" As we are all traveling on the firm, budget is generous. Would like to stay Midtown or north, but feel free to suggest anyplace.
So many places so little time! Since budget isn't an
issue, why not check out some of the big ticket
places - you've got tons of choices. I wasn't sure
how far in advance you're planning so reservations
might be tough (but day-of cancelations frequently
happen so it might work out) Most places offer a veggie
dish these days, so hopefully your vegetarian friend
won't feel out of luck at any of these places that
I've been for celebrations/big deal dinners:
--Park Avenue Cafe
I was going to suggest Nobu or you could try a newer
place called Bond Street that's staffed by some former
chefs from Nobu.
Hope you have a gret time! Another suggestion, call the
concierge at the hotel you're staying in and see if he
or she can get you reservations for the night(s) in
Certainly one type of quintessential New York
restaurant is the steak house, and you can't do better
than Peter Luger's, in Brooklyn, just across the
If you can narrow down what you're looking for --
eclectic ethnic, classic classy gourmet, scruffy but
wonderful -- we can probably make more suggestions.
re: Greg R
re: Greg R
If you are looking for the "how did you find this
place" effect with out of towners, some possibilities
at the middle to higher price end are:
Hangawi -- vegetarian Korean on 32nd ; the food is ok,
but the total experience is great
Mirezi -- a korean based pan asian on 5th near 13th;
good food and great sake selection
Cafe Crocodile -- on the upper east side, run by a
Jewish couple from Egypt and serving basically French
stuff with a lot of meditteranean influences; very good
food and wine, a nice welcome, but can be a bit
cramped; doesn't seem to be frequented by out of
towners (except for ones from Europe). I am not sure
how well your vegetarians will do here unless they
are not that strict and eat fish.
La Luncheonette -- a really good bistro on 10th ave in
the teens; very out of the way -- search on these
boards for more on this place, but it may also be
difficult for vegetarians.
If you really want to get the desired effect, though,
maybe consider an inexpensive and out of the way place.
One possibility might be Tindo, a homestyle Cantonese
place at the foot of Eldridge sT. (See Jim's write up
under last nights dinner.) It s on a fairly desolate
block right down the street from the eldridge street
synagogue. Your friends will really want to know how
you got them there. (Don't miss the oster and pork