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High End (but not stuffy/dressy) Restaurant for boss to take clients?

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ljero Jan 16, 2007 05:39 PM

My boss will be in town and needs a great dinner recommendation. They want someplace high end without being stuffy...maybe high end bistro or something similar? They love Gramercy Tavern, but have been a million times...any suggestions?

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    nycexplorer RE: ljero Jan 16, 2007 05:44 PM

    I suggest another Danny Meyer restaurant, Eleven Madison Park....just got a three star review from NYT, great room and Daniel Humm, the relatively new chef, is very talented.

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      ljero RE: nycexplorer Jan 16, 2007 06:04 PM

      thanks! what does the room look like? does it have a buzz to it?

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        NYChristopher RE: ljero Jan 16, 2007 06:34 PM

        Definite buzz to it. The new chef completely revamped the menu (it's now tasting menu driven). Creative as heck. The three stars (awarded after my visit this summer) are about as deserved as I can imagine.

        The room is spectacular.

        http://www.luxuryweb.com/html/eleven_...

        If you are a Sex and the City devotee, you may recall an episode where Carri and Big are meeting for lunch as "friends" ... she orders iced tea, Big orders club soda ... they pause, then switch ... she to a Cosmo, he to scotch. He then tells here he's seeing someone and it's serious. She blows out in a huff and nearly falls on the way out. THAT'S the room.

        As a slight change, but staying with the French theme, Nice Matin on the UWS has a top rate sommelier and a killer menu. Not quite as fancy, but food is tops.

    2. 280 Ninth RE: ljero Jan 16, 2007 05:45 PM

      Ummm...the usual suspects, Le Bernadin, Aquavit, Union Square Cafe....or Del Posto, perhaps, Babbo.

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        ljero RE: ljero Jan 16, 2007 06:00 PM

        I went to le bernadin recently. too dressy--not as "fun" as other places. they were thinking the restaurant in the mandarin oriental or kittachai (?)? thoughts? others?

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          sam1 RE: ljero Jan 16, 2007 06:17 PM

          Quality meats is an excellent place for business in my opinion...handsome room, excellent food, top notch service...everyone will enjoy themselves.

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            ljero RE: ljero Jan 16, 2007 06:39 PM

            What about gotham bar and grill? if not that, something similar?

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              nycexplorer RE: ljero Jan 16, 2007 07:08 PM

              Gotham Bar & Grill is my second choice after Eleven Madison Park. The room is nice, there's definitely a buzz, and the food is consistently excellent and has been so for years. But you can't beat big room with the vaulted ceilings at Eleven Madison Park (IMHO) and the food is more creative. Third choice is Bouley; there are relatively small, beautiful rooms and the ambience is more muted.

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              beef RE: ljero Jan 17, 2007 12:47 AM

              Craft - great food - fun menu - not at all stuffy - terrifically interesting and very cool decor. $$$$$

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                jbarc RE: ljero Jan 17, 2007 01:10 AM

                Cafe des Artises on 67th and CPW -

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                  chow_gal RE: jbarc Jan 17, 2007 01:37 PM

                  NOT stuffy? That is pretty much ALL Cafe des Artistes is. Dated, old school, formal, older clientele.

                2. Miss Needle RE: ljero Jan 17, 2007 01:21 AM

                  How about DB Bistro? It's not as high end as Eleven Madison, but he food is pretty good. And your boss can try the infamous DB Burger.

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                    DutchOenophile RE: ljero Jan 17, 2007 01:23 AM

                    Eleven Madison or Craft (in that order).

                    1. NiKoLe1625 RE: ljero Jan 17, 2007 02:17 PM

                      Babbo! Its such a unique dining experience and the food is unbelieveable. Don't do del posto. its too inconsistent!

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                        gutsofsteel RE: NiKoLe1625 Jan 17, 2007 02:21 PM

                        Unique dining experience? Snotty attitude, loud, crowded, overpriced...what's unique about that? Yes the food is good - but the context can be just as important.

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                        redearth329 RE: ljero Jan 24, 2007 07:34 AM

                        High end bistro? What about Cafe Boulud?

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