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Dinner for 6 Midtown East/Hell's Kitchen

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Hello hounds,
We're looking for a place for a group of work colleagues to have a going-away dinner for one of our sales folks this Thursday at 6:30. Here are the criteria:

Location: Hell's Kitchen/Midtown/Midtown East
Cuisines: American/New American (our colleague is moving to another country, so we want to send her off with a bit of home)
Atmosphere: comfortable, good for conversation
Price range: entrees in the 18-24 range

Thanks muchly.

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  1. Here are some suggestions:
    Cafe Centro
    Bobby Van's

    1. Try Chelsea Grill of Hell's Kitchen on 9th Ave.

      1. Whym is a perfect choice for New American in HK. Great setting and good updates on American classics.

        1. At the risk of not sounding sophisticated enough, I would recommend Houston's on 54rd and 3rd - have had many work functions there when I used to work in the area and all ended quite well.

          1. Keens would be my pick. Delicious food and unmatchable old NY ambiance. As with all first-tier steakhouses, prices are high; however, doing a lot of sharing (portions are very generous) will enable you to meet your budget.


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            1. re: RGR

              Perfect choice, RGR! I second Keen's

            2. Thanks for all the suggestions! Keen's is a great idea, but out of our price range for this dinner. And unfortunately, given how late we were planning this, some of these places couldn't take us. We ended up at Etcetera, Etcetera, which turned out great. The food was good, nothing earth-shattering, but the atmosphere was just what we needed and we ended up there for three hours.