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LA Chowhounder in need of nyc dinner recs!

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In town as of this Saturday and need some places to take clients and also friends for dinner for the next week. Given the last minute trip also looking for places that will be able to seat us prior to 11pm. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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Momofuku Ko

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  1. You can cross Ko off of your list because there is no shot of a reservation there. I do love both Momofuku Ssam and Momofuku noodle bar though. You will have to wait at either--especially with a group.

    1. Are those your picks for the client meals? Do want to keep the client meals casual, or are you looking for more upscale places? In either case, it would be helpful to know your cuisine preferences and your per person budget for food (drinks, tax & top extra).

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      1. re: RGR

        I am looking for a mix. Lunchtime can be more casual but dinner needs to be a little more appropriate. Meeting with bankers, ad execs, etc... My client is on the artsy side and desperately need some ideas to start tomorrow night. Her hotel is in Murray Hill, so anything lower east side works.

        Thanks in advance for your help!

        1. re: kproq323

          Acc. to OpenTable, Eleven Madison Park, our favorite NYC restaurants, has reservations available for tomorrow evening. Though it's not on the LES, its location on the corner of Madison & 24th is close to Murray Hill. It's one of the city's best, so definitely appropriate for a client dinner. Chef Daniel Humm's French-inspired cuisine is sensational, the wine list is first-rate, service is cordial and polished, and the gorgeous Art Deco-style space should appeal to your artsy client.

          http://www.elevenmadisonpark.com

      2. Try the bar at the Museum of Modern Art (The Modern) it is casual but with an insider edge without being pseudo trendy. Also, Gordon Ramsey (the first floor cafe) is pretty good for lunch. Brasserie is always great for lunch and dinner. For LES, check out Thor restaurant at The Hotel On Rivington (http://www.hotelonrivington.com/thor....). LA (my home town, yeah!), unfortunately, does not have places like these.