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Dinner with younger client

Looking for a good dinner reccommendation for a dinner with a younger client. Thinking about something fun/sceney but must have great food. A few that come to mind are Esca, Veritas, Alto, Blue hill, Craft, Cru, Megu, Kobe Club,Ouest, Telepan or Amelia (new). Any thoughts or suggestions?

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  1. I've only been to Telepan (my bad) - but I don't think it fits the fun/sceney bill.

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    1. re: MMRuth

      Veritas and Blue Hill definitely do not fall into the fun/sceney category. And even though I haven't been to Alto, from what I've read about and heard from my daughter who has been there for a business dinner, it doesn't either.

      I have been to Amalia, and while we were there on a quiet Sunday evening when they had only been open for one week, I think it definitely has the makings of a fun/sceney place, i.e., large space with very attractive, hip decor, as well as delicious Mediterranean cuisine.

      If it helps any, Andrea Strong did a write-up last week. (Link below.) Not that I always agree with her, but she's always among the first to check out all the new, of-the-moment spots. She liked it, so this is a case where she and I agree.

      Edited to add: I accidentally skipped over Esca. Maybe that's because I'm not a fan. But even if I were, it definitely is not fun or scene-y.

      1. re: RGR

        i agree w/ RGR re: Esca...i'm not a fan either, and the atmosphere is not fun...

        i'd suggest Balthazar...

    2. I assume that "client" means corporate expense and price is not a concern.

      I will suggest eliminating these options first: Esca, Blue Hill, Kobe Club, Ouest.

      For me (judging from my own experience), I will choose from you list: Craft, Cru, Megu.

      If I were to throw in my own suggestions: L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon at Four Seasons, or Eleven Madison Park.

      I think those are the places with GREAT food, sceney, and will not disappoint your younger client.

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        1. re: kobetobiko

          I think the food at EMP is good but I don't think it qualifies as "sceney"

          1. re: kobetobiko

            I have to disagree at little with my good friend Kobe. As much as I adore Eleven Madison, and as much as it is a restaurant "of the moment" because of Chef Humm's incredible cuisine, it's not a restaurant that comes to mind, at least to me, when the words "fun" and "scene-y" are used. While it's hardly stodgy, it's certainly not hip. So, what is there that qualfies it as "scene-y"? I can't think of a thing. In my view, it's a place where one finds serious food served in a beautiful room with an atmosphere that is low-key and extremely pleasant.

          2. agreed. i wouldn't put any of those as fun and sceney. you should try bond street, la esquina, stanton social, schiller's, pastis, koi, or mercer kitchen.

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            1. re: ss2001

              No offense, but i think all of the above can fit with "sceney" but not good food....

            2. Agreed -- forget about the choices above. I think you should take the client to Public and after that have a cocktail at Pravda. Of the Danny Meyer's, Eleven Madison Park is awesome, a little formal but very impressive and NY-ey. Also could go the West Village route and dine at Employees Only, or go to one of the more casual Mario Batali spots like Lupa. Last but not least, out-of-towners are always impressed with Spice Market.

              1. Hi musteatnow, one question for you which may actually lead to other suggestions: Are you planning to discuss any business at all during the dinner? A lot of the sceney place may be noisy and not appropriate for business dinner.