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Jun 14, 2007 07:46 AM

I get a free dinner and I need a recommendation!

So I am being taken out for an anniversary dinner by my boss tonight. I can go pretty much anywhere....he gave a limit of $75 a person (there will be 4 of us). I work near Union Square so I know I have so many options.
Please give me some recommendations. It doesn't have to be in Union Sq/Flatiron, but I would prefer to keep it downtown and not very stuffy.


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  1. Hi hungry Rubia!

    I will ask him to take you to Peter Luger Steak house (Dumbo/Williamsburg) $$$

    - or -

    Mark Joseph Steak house at the Seaport, near pier 17 $$$$

    - or -

    Balthazar Restaurant in SOHO $$$$
    (great clam platter

    1. Hearth is nearby, and you should be able to do it within your budget, depending on how much you drink.

        1. re: jsmitty

          If the $75pp budget has to include everything (food, wine, tax & tip), Veritas is out because the 3-course prix-fixe alone is $76.

          I would recommend Park Bistro, on Park Av. S., b/t 28th & 29th Sts. Delicious contemporary French cuisine, excellent wine list, efficient service, very pleasant ambiance, and definitely doable on a $75pp budget.

        2. If you like Italian you can try Crispo for pasta and great antipasti. Plenty of wine to choose from, and should be within your budget. Another safe pick (great food without too much noise) is Giorgio's of Gramercy. If you like seafood (fresh oysters per se), Shaffer City will do the trick.

          None of these should be too stuffy. Very casual!
          Hope you have a wonderful *free* dinner!

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          1. re: kobetobiko

            I went to Giorgio's for the first time recently w/a small group. It was lovely - food, service, ambience. Desserts were nothing to write home about. We ate early and when it gets crowded the noise level goes up.

          2. Beppe is a great italian (tuscan) restuarant near there with very good pastas. Devi is some of the best Indian food around.