Place to impress potential future boss! (not stuffy)
A future boss is flying in from London and I need to take him out. Please give suggestions for this friday night! Manhattan midtown, downtown ok.
No particular cuisine but no seafood-focused place....he's allergic! yikes.
You won't get the "big guns" on such short notice so no Daniel, Per Se, or Le Bernadin. I am a huge fan of Aureole and Picholine which would both make for a good dinner meeting.
How about Del Posto? The place is "grand" enough to impress your boss, the food is not too expensive, and I didn't find it stuffy (albeit upscale). Plenty of meat and pasta to choose from.
Just don't order any of those "XXX for two dishes" - those are overpriced and lustlacker.
perhaps Il Giglio (Tribeca)...old school Italian...a *little* stuffy but in a silly fun Italian way...
alternately, Odeon might be a good default choice: not impressive per se, but a comfy downtown classic...
another option is Keens Steakhouse, though if he's from London, the old-NY-history of the place might not be as fun for him as it is for us New Worlders...