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New Yorker needs GREAT restaurant in ABQ

I'll be in ABQ for a couple days for work and Need a GREAT high end restraunt to bring clients to. Clients are from LA and NYC as well. I'm open to some great NM places but American, Italian, or Steakhouse are fine as well. I would love to have a few options and a place that will impress. (I may possibly have a few celebs with me as well so a place that has a lot of tourists or is too busy is not good for us) Please help!

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  1. can't help there, but don't forget to go to the frontier for the best breakfast burrito you'll ever have!

    1. Just north of Albuquerque in Bernalillo (mayb 20 minutes) is the best restaurant south of Santa Fe, Prairie Star. Great wine list, delicious food, excellent service and desserts and a fantastic view of a golf course and the mountains beyond. Can't be beat! And don't be seduced by the Corn Maiden at Tamaya Resort. Overpriced and under-tasty.

      1. Check out Gil's Thrilling website for some excellent recommendations

        http://www.nmgastronome.com/

        1. I've had a very nice meal with a fantastic view at Bien Shur in the Sandia Casino - it's on the top floor of their hotel building.

          Other stuff in town:
          Gruet Steakhouse - http://www.gruetwinery.com/steakhouse...

          Chef du Jour - http://999dine.com/NM/ChefDuJour/
          tiny dining room, totally open kitchen, great food and never very busy. Usually voted "best undiscovered" year after year....

          And if you really want to "hide out" with the masses while still getting fabulous local food, try Perea's on Central: http://albuquerque.citysearch.com/rev...

          Good luck....

          1. Stopped by Bien Shur this past weekend, haven't eaten there yet just moved here, but we met a Dentist couple and had drinks with them in the bar area. They love the restaurant, if you can get through the casino, upstairs you're home free, very quiet up there. But the casino is very small so that shouldn't be a hugh hassle. It's definately not Las Vegas. Just a warning, we took our drink with us downstairs to the casino and found out that's not allowed. So if you are used to Las Vegas and taking your drink with you anywhere, state law in NM prohibits that, security guard took my husband's drink right out of his hand. And, was quite rude about it. We took it to the top and got a free buffet for two. It wasn't the drink but it was the way she handled it and we thought we should be compensated for that. It did kind of ruin our first experience there, plus we lost! May not go back for a long time! ha ha