Recs for Business Casual Dinner?
Hi everyone, this is my first time posting. I've been reading many entries and doing my own research, but I have a question!
I am starting a company (online social networking/new media) and will be meeting with an investor this coming Wed (no notice!). We are both in our mid-30s. I've met this person 3X before in other business situations. Neither of us are trendy, but we are both artistic-y and urbany-y. I think we'd both need something cool but not pretentious or too fancy.
For atmosphere: I'd like someplace that is somewhat hip and interesting, but not loud (we need to be able to talk) and not too busy/crazy.
I want to avoid romantic or too small/cozy since I want to keep the topic on business.
I just discovered he is a "foodie."
I am a vegetarian.
Places I considered:
Places a friend who recommend this site and is a Foodie suggested:
Bar Blanc (can't get reservations until 10pm which is not a great idea)
Public (which I like but did not think the food was that great??)
We can make a res early--like 6:30 or 7.
What would everyone suggest?
BTW, Manhattan is going to be easiest as he is form OOT for one night, and I live on UWS but work in Tribeca and don't want to travel to other boroughs on a weeknight!
Thanks for all your help!
Punch may work, though it gets a bit noisy at times, but you will be going early enough that it should be quiet. It attracts a younger clientele, and the food and service are excellent. I agree that you should not try Perilla without a reservation, and Crispo can get really loud, though again maybe not so much if you go early, but Punch is more comfortable IMO.
Price doesn't matter, but neithe rhim nor myself are going to feel comfortable in a place like Grammercy Tavern--it is a bit too staid I'm afraid. I've been and there are not a whole lot of true veggie options (things made with chicken stock). Perry Street could work but I think I'm looking for something a bit more casual while still being elegant and interesting. It's really a challenge. :(