Business restaurant in South Beach
I'll be hosting a business dinner with an international group of about 10 people. Where would you recommend I take them to dinner? It needs to be casual but with a great atmoshere . . .conducive to talking, but still give off that SoBe vibe. Price not much of an issue. Thanks for any suggestions.
To clarify an important point:
There is a large group table at the entrance to Prime 112 (off the vestibule on the right when you enter) that is GREAT for a larger group. Bill Clinton hosted a VIP dinner there. High visibility and "SoBe vibe." There are also private dining rooms upstairs that are - in my opinion - GHASTLY. Siberia. No vibe, no view, no AIR... no WAY!
If the building used to be a small hotel, these are converted small bedrooms with a starkness and an atmosphere that is like ordering room service (but no SpectraVision). The hostesses seat people there who have no reservations or who bring children to dinner. Like the movie LA Story, these are rooms reserved for the new cruelty.
Maitre D' at L'Idiot: Your usual table, Mr. Christopher?
Christopher: No, I'd like a good one this time.
Maitre D' at L'Idiot: I'm sorry, that is impossible.
Christopher: Part of the new cruelty?
Maitre D' at L'Idiot: I'm afraid so.
If you need to make some sort of presentation or speeches or slide show - I guess these will do. But if you want to pay top dollar to host your group at a Miami Beach hotspot, do NOT sit upstairs.
AG, I am usually in total agreement with you (and your writing is fantastic). However, in this case, I am going to disagree.
I've sat at the long table on the right and upstairs in what you call the "Siberia" section.
The decibal level downstairs on the right can be apalling. I've brought out of town guests to the upstairs section and they've loved it and felt as though they were being treated as VIPS.
While the downstairs table is more in the mix, a room upstairs feels special and may be just right for someone hosting a large business dinner.