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Dec 4, 2007 07:06 PM

Expensive dinner near Grand Central

The president of our company is coming to town on Thursday and I'm in charge of making reservations. My direct boss wants to stay near Grand Central area because she commutes from there.

The president has been to town a number of times over the last 3 years and I've run out of ideas. In the past, we've been to: Artisanal, Michael Jordan's, Capital Grille, and Wolfgang's (I may be forgetting one). I called Bryant Park Grille (not my fave) but they are closed for a private party, anyway. A friend mentioned something "Prime" on or near Park Avenue but I cannot find whatever this restaurant is. Cipriani's seems cramped and Metrazur seems a loud and a bit exposed.

I'm looking for an expense account place with great food and service. I thought of DB Bistro Moderne (a little far, I know) but I think it might be a little too fussy for a 1 or 2 of my co-workers. Any other thoughts?

Thanks for your help!

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  1. try ammos on vanderbilt avenue. greek food, seafood. very nice.

    1. Fussy co-workers... You have them, too?

      So there are a few places that are pretty close by that I typically recommend for steak, but if DB is too far, I'd probably steer away from these, too. Going to list them just in case. I like them in the following order:

      Wolfgang's (33rd & Park)
      Sparks (46th between 3rd & 2nd)
      Bobby Van's (46th & Park)

      If you'd consider Italian, I'd go with L'Impero hands down. Check it out. It's only a few blocks away and may fit the bill for your group.

      1. You could also head up a little bit to Pampano for excellent Mexican seafood. There's a link to their website (with menu) in the places link below.

        Pampano Taqueria
        805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

        1. L'impero in Tudor City is great and just a few blocks from Grand Central.

          1. If you want steak then go to Keen's on 36th but I would still encourage you to opt for db Bistro Moderne. It's close and it's wonderful, ask to sit in the back dining room. Even the "fussies" will like it.