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fulloflife Oct 23, 2007 10:04 AM

I was supposed to make reservations at Blue Hill but got the date wrong and missed the reservation window. Any suggestions for something a little of the beaten path?

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    abud Oct 24, 2007 06:58 AM

    Compass

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      kobetobiko Oct 23, 2007 07:20 PM

      Similar to Blue HIill which focuses on local and seasonal ingredients, Telepan may be an alternative for your case. I like Blue Hill better but Telepan is still excellent.

      Otherwise Eleven Madison Park should not disappoint.

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      1. re: kobetobiko
        Spiritchaser Oct 24, 2007 04:47 AM

        I agree with Telepan and sit at a table (as opposed to a booth). Or you could take a look at Aureole but depending upon where you sit it could border on romantic.

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          chow_gal Oct 24, 2007 07:38 AM

          Aureole not for foodies, but yes for business meal. Insieme?

          1. re: chow_gal
            Spiritchaser Oct 24, 2007 07:52 AM

            I disagree about Aureole not being for peoplethat like food. And what makes Insieme a food lovers place? It's pretty standard Italian dishes.

      2. dkstar1 Oct 23, 2007 07:14 PM

        Annisa is a terrible call for this situation.

        Here are some better ideas:

        * Go to Sushi Yasuda and sit at the bar (its the place to sit)
        * Go to Momofuku Ssam Bar
        * Go to Lupa
        * Go to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon and sit at the bar (its the place to sit)
        * Go to Degustation and sit at the bar (its the place to sit)
        * Annisa is stark (read: boring), dimly lit (read: trying to be romantic) and small (read: intimate). If that's the atmosphere you feel comfortable with your boss and his wife, then by all means go there...otherwise look elsewhere.

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          idia Oct 23, 2007 07:17 PM

          Play it safe: Vice Versa

          1. re: dkstar1
            MMRuth Oct 24, 2007 03:42 AM

            I've had several business dinners there, FWIW and never found the ambiance inappropriate.

            1. re: dkstar1
              financialdistrictresident Oct 24, 2007 05:05 AM

              Degustation (and any other bar seating) is hard if you have more than 2 people. As a reminder, Degustation ONLY has bar seating.

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              Will4Food Oct 23, 2007 02:38 PM

              Try Annisa in the West Village...a wonderful place with highly innovative cuisine..

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              1. re: Will4Food
                MMRuth Oct 23, 2007 02:39 PM

                Agreed - good call. Try the foie gras soup dumplings and the chicken stuffed with truffles and pigs feet.

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