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Seeking place for a great work lunch in midtown

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The editor of a fancy magazine wants to take me out to lunch next week to discuss work (I'm a freelance writer.) He's from LA and doesn't know the city at all so asked for a restaurant suggestion somewhere in the general midtown area (could be anywhere from Bryant Park to Columbus Circle.) As a food nut who rarely gets treated to a nice meal I'm looking for someplace that's really excellent -- but not so expensive that he feels like I'm just soaking him for a free lunch. It also has to have an atmosphere amenable to discussing work -- ie, not some jostling, cacophonous joint that doesn't take reservations where you have to wait forever for a table. Friends have suggested the new Blue Ribbon near Columbus Circle or the prix-fixe lunch at Jean-Georges ... thoughts on those? Other ideas?

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  1. I just got back to my desk after the prix-fixe at Jean Georges - it was AMAZING. I would definitely do that. So many great options and DELICIOUS food, plus great service, etc. The skate wing and the short ribs were to die for. And the tuna ribbons. MMMMMMMMMMM. Perfect for a business lunch. And at $28, an incredible bargain.