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Staying at Marriott East Side 525 Lexington-Dinner Recommendations?

marypell Apr 30, 2007 06:11 PM

Spending an overnight mid May at the Marriott, Lexington Ave. My collegue and I will be entertaining 2 business clients over dinner (4 women total). I'm looking for some restaraunt recommendations.

I'm not certain what types of food they enjoy. I know I like Italian, seafood, steak. I'd appreciate any recommendations. We will discuss them all.

We're willing to walk or take a cab. We're looking for something nice but not over the top.

Thanks in adavance.


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  1. Bugsey34 RE: marypell May 1, 2007 06:23 AM

    Smith & Wollensky is right there in walking distance for a steakhouse business dinner - 50th & 3rd I think, or 49th & 3rd.

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      RGR RE: marypell May 1, 2007 09:04 AM

      Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., serves modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. Creative and delicious food. Attractive decor and an upbeat vibe. Weather permitting, you can dine on the very nice outdoor terrace.


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        fershore RE: RGR May 3, 2007 02:53 PM

        RGR, At your recommendation, the DH and I had lunch at Pampano on Tuesday. We ate on the patio (pleasant surprise!). We shared guacamole, black bean soup, tuna ceviche, and mariscada. Wow! Can't wait to go back.

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          RGR RE: fershore May 3, 2007 07:07 PM

          Thanks for that report, fershore. It's always nice to hear when a recommendation works out so well.

      2. LFeinberg RE: marypell May 3, 2007 07:41 PM

        Luna Piena is great for Italian! 53rd Street btw 2nd and 3rd

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          avae RE: marypell May 4, 2007 01:27 PM

          Oceana is a great standby. They have a new chef, Ben Pollinger. I haven't eaten there since he took over, but I used to go frequently during their last three chefs' tenures and I have never ben disappointed. It's elegant, but not over the top.

          1. noot RE: marypell May 5, 2007 05:28 PM

            If you don't want to venture far Dos Caminos (trendy Mexican) is nearby and so is Gyu Kaku (Japanese Barbeque). Smith & Wollensky was mentioned above for Steak - there's also BLT Steak, which is excellent. For Indian food Chola isn't too far, there's also Bukhara. For French, Django isn't too far either. Have fun and let us know where you end up eating!

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              budgetrick RE: marypell May 5, 2007 05:47 PM

              It's a nice hotel - been there a few times. The most recent visit included a birthday meal at the original Palm, just a short walk from there. (And Palm II is just across the street.) It's classic steakhouse (w/ good seafood, too) and done very well. While it's admittedly a chain, each one I've been to has been excellent.

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