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Swank business dinner to impress Londoners...

slslaughter May 18, 2008 06:10 PM

Two former London colleagues, who virtually live on expense meals in London, are coming to NYC and want to take me out to dinner - I get to select the restaurant. I was thinking Per Se, but it might be a bit rich for their blood, even though the exchange rate is in their favor! Looking for suggestions - something that is a current hot spot with a stylish vibe and great food.
Can't be impossible to get in, ie. Waverly Inn.
If I was asking this question four years ago I would be thinking Spice Market (even though the food there is so so)...

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    kobetobiko RE: slslaughter May 18, 2008 07:14 PM

    Normally I would suggest L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, but they have one in London. How abut Jean Georges? If they want "super power" dinner, Le Cirque.

    If you want grand decor, Buddakan or Del Posto in Meatpacking will do it. Buddakan may be a bit similar to Hakkasan in London but if they like fusion food it's quite good. Del Posto for Italian seems a better choice IMO.

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      eternalX RE: kobetobiko May 19, 2008 10:13 AM

      Del Posto for stylish vibe? Maybe if you're 80.

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        kobetobiko RE: eternalX May 19, 2008 10:32 AM

        I didn't say stylish (as in chic I guess in your sentence). I said "Grand"

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      Blumie RE: slslaughter May 19, 2008 06:44 AM

      How about taking them someplace casual and fun and with good food, and impress them by expanding the horizons?

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        rrems RE: slslaughter May 19, 2008 10:24 AM

        If you want something trendy and stylish, I think Bar Blanc would fit what you are looking for, and the food is excellent.

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          offthebeatenpath1 RE: slslaughter May 19, 2008 10:40 AM

          I would suggest Craft, BLT Steak or BLT Prime, Nobu or Kobe Club if you want a good bit of trendy/ celebrity-ish with good food. Buddakan as well, although I have not been or any of the Blue Ribbon resturants.

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            kobetobiko RE: offthebeatenpath1 May 19, 2008 10:42 AM

            Actually go to Craftsteak and order the Wagyu Beef from Japan. That's what an expense account is for! :D

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            Jane A. RE: slslaughter May 19, 2008 10:40 AM

            Maybe Asiate - the view is uniquely NYC, and the food's been getting good grades from CHers.

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              bronwen RE: Jane A. May 19, 2008 10:57 AM

              I'm a big fan of Four Seasons, it is grand, old school, I think it's impressive!

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              bronwen RE: slslaughter May 19, 2008 10:58 AM

              Daniel would fit the bill too.

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