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midtown recommendation?

dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 07:38 AM

I need a recommendation for a dinner for 2 in Manhattan - am going with a business collegaue who is not particularly adventurous. Previously we have gone to Mesa Grill and Bar Americain, both of which he liked. I don't want to go back to B.A. and I would go to Mesa Grill again except that I'd rather go somewhere a shorter walking distance from our hotel in Midtown (Madison and 52nd). Any suggestions?

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  1. LeahBaila RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 07:40 AM

    What type of cuisines?

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      dawnk5 RE: LeahBaila Aug 21, 2007 07:42 AM

      anything for someone who is generally meat and potatoes but may go for something a little more adventurous (like, he liked Mesa Grill but probably wouldn't like anything very ethnic)

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        LeahBaila RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 07:50 AM

        For Italian, check out Insiemme or Piano Due.
        Spark's Steakhouse

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          mstropicana RE: dawnk5 Aug 22, 2007 12:19 PM

          or if you can try Peter Luger, over the Wiliamsburg Bridge. has been there for years and it is still wonderful

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          mstropicana RE: LeahBaila Aug 22, 2007 12:17 PM

          you need to try BLT on 57th between Lexington & Park - great place, atmosphere is nice.

        3. ccferg RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 08:02 AM

          A few weeks ago I went to A Voce (near Madison Square Park in the Flatiron district). My sister and I both loved it. I am probably more adventurous than your companion -- I ordered octopus and tripe - but I'm sure he'd find something a bit more conventional. It's really just excellent Italian cooking -- and I don't think it's any more expensive than the Mesa Grill, which is where we were the previous night.

          1. JungMann RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 08:09 AM

            Lever House, Brasserie and Alto are all within walking distance of your hotel. Alto would likely be the best choice for its easily accessible Tyrolean Italian fare: a blend of the best of Northern Italy and Central Europe. Nothing is too exotic for a timid palate, but the preparation is certainly skillful enough that an adventurous eater won't get bored.

            1. princeofpork RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 09:25 AM

              Head over to Smith and Wollensky Grill. Excellent food and casual atmosphere.

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                dawnk5 RE: princeofpork Aug 21, 2007 09:44 AM

                Thank you, I'll check these out. I'd also be open to suggestions outside of midtown but within walking distance (maybe up to 20 blocks). I'd prefer a more casual atmosphere than formal and am just hoping for a wide variety of suggestions to check out.

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                  Will4Food RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 09:49 AM

                  8 1/2: A very underrated and stunning restaurant on West 57th Street. Love the food and the art work...and love taking clients here.

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                    RGR RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 10:09 AM

                    Keens, our favorite steakhouse, is within your 20-block walking distance parameters. It's been in its 36th St. location, b/t 5th & 6th Avs., since 1885. So, in addition to excellent food, there is unmatchabe old NY ambiance.


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                  Abe Froman RE: dawnk5 Aug 21, 2007 10:24 AM

                  I think Keane's Steakhouse is worth a visit, though might not be "walking distance" for you. Try the mutton chop...

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                    RGR RE: Abe Froman Aug 21, 2007 10:41 AM

                    He, Abe,

                    Note that I suggested Keens (See post just above yours.), and it definitely is within the 20-block walking distance dawnk5 indicated being comfortable with in a post 2 spots up from mine. :-)

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