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!
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. :(
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.