Good place for dinner meeting?
I need to take about 9-10 people out for dinner and a meeting on a Friday night in August. Unfortunately, staying in midtown (Hilton 6th Ave./W 53rd) -- can anyone suggest something cheap, cheerful and tasty not too far away?
La Bonne Soup at West 55th Street would fit the bill, I think, if they don't mind pushing the tables together for 10. If you like sushi, Shimizu (51st) is a good value option in the area--again, if they are willing to push together tables.
Other possibilities: Turkish Kitchen, Landmarc at the Time Warner Center (not too expensive and it's plenty big enough for 10), Vinyl in Hell's Kitchen (within walking distance), or maybe just a pub. O'Flaherty's would be a good bet.
Although it is excellent, Turkish Kitchen is not in midtown. It's on 3rd Av., b/t 27th & 28th Sts. I think you are referring to the restaurant called Turkish Cuisine, which is on 9th Av., b/t 44th & 45th Sts. I haven't been there is a very long time, but if memory serves, it's a small place, so I'm not sure how workable it would be for a group this size.
Uncle Nick's, on 9th, b/t 50th & 51st, is a possibility. Very tasty Greek food. Large, taverna-style space, so no problem accommodating a large group. Not sure I'd call it cheap, but prices are certainly reasonable.
I've had quite a few business lunches at Beacon on 56th between 5th and 6th. It's not the cheapest place out there though,,,
Years ago I attended a business meeting of about that size at Remi, an Italian place that happens to be right across the street from your hotel. They had a private room (a wine room, perhaps) downstairs that was perfect, the service was great and the food was very good. Check the prices on menupages.com, though; I don't think it qualifies on the "cheap" front.