Eastern Standard for business dinner?
I'm from DC and will be hosting a "get to know you" business dinner next Wednesday for 8. I'm looking for a restaurant with a relatively lively scene and excellent food/service that our group (ranging in age from a few early 30s to mostly 50s) will enjoy. I'm going for a more casual vibe, but still professional as we don't all know each other.
Eastern Standard looks great for dinner with a group of friends, but is it appropriate for a business dinner? Am concerned it may be too casual (and perhaps overly noisy?). Troquet has also been recommended to me as one in our group is very into wine, but I realize that is going in a more upscale direction.
Our hotel is in the financial district, but am happy to go anywhere that's a 10-15 minute taxi ride away. Price isn't an issue, but would prefer the $20-30/entree range.
Feedback on Eastern Standard or Troquet -- or other suggestions -- very much appreciated!
I've taken out of town business guests to Eastern Standard with favorable results. Depending on the level of formality you have in mind, for a group of 8+, you might consider using their private dining room. I took executives from my company in the late 40s / early 50s age group and they thoroughly enjoyed the food, drinks, and ambience. (This was in summer though, so the outdoor patio was a plus.)
Ate at Eastern Standard recently and the food was excellent, but the noise (music) level at 10:00 was dreadfully loud. However, it looked like there was a small enclosed room in the back right of the restaurant. You might want to check that out. I would think the noise level would be much less.