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Abigael's or Le Marais for business lunch

DeisCane Sep 10, 2008 01:57 PM

The other person is not kosher and is treating, so I'd like someplace that he'd feel good about spending the money. :-)

I haven't been to Abigael's in years (6?)...

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  1. weinstein5 RE: DeisCane Sep 10, 2008 02:37 PM

    I enjoy both and I think both will suit your needs - of the two I feel Abigaels will be more condusive to conversation -

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      cheesecake17 RE: DeisCane Sep 10, 2008 04:42 PM

      I've been to both numerous times for business lunches, and they both have pros and cons. Abigael's in downstairs, which is a turn off for some, but it has a couple of large rooms, and it never gets too loud. Waiters are good, and the menu is very large. They have main course salads, as well as chicken, fish, steak, and meat dishes.

      Le Marais is very noisy, both upstairs and downstairs. The downstairs area is set up like a regular restaurant, while the upstairs is mostly leather club chairs and larger tables. Sometimes it's hard to even hear the person across from you because it gets so loud. The menu is basically steak and french fries. They have a few salad options, one chicken, and one or two fish dishes, but the focus is the steak.

      If you know your business associate wants a steak, then Le Marais. Otherwise, Abigael's is a safer bet.

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        DeisCane RE: cheesecake17 Sep 11, 2008 03:27 AM

        I went with Abigael's but only because it's been a long time since I'd been there, and because I think I have dinner plans at Le Marais next Thursday. I never felt Le Marais was too loud; it's a brasserie after all.

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          cheesecake17 RE: DeisCane Sep 12, 2008 11:35 AM

          The noise level at Le Marais has never really bothered me in paticular. I only mentioned it because I know others feel like it's just too loud for a "working" business lunch.

          How was Abigael's?

          1. re: cheesecake17
            DeisCane RE: cheesecake17 Sep 12, 2008 03:06 PM

            The food was pretty good, though not particularly special. We each started with the split pea, which was the soup du jour. I found it good but a bit salty. He had the pasta caponata which looked very good, and I had the baja chicken salad or whatever it's called. It was good. I particularly enjoyed the margarine served with the bread for the table. I think it was a roasted red pepper blend. The service was good, and it was indeed quiet...very quiet since the place was more than half empty.

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              cheesecake17 RE: DeisCane Sep 13, 2008 05:47 PM

              The food is usually good.. and the waiters respectful of space. That's why I prefer it. I'm not sure if I've had the baja chicken salad, but I usually get the miso chicken salad or the mediterranean chicken salad. I'm happy you enjoyed your lunch!

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                Dovid RE: cheesecake17 Sep 13, 2008 06:19 PM

                One of the stereotypes of New York is that the noise levels in trendy restaurants is through the roof. Allegedly, what would be considered unpleasant elsewhere is seen by Manhattanites as high energy.

                I agree that Abigael's is always sedate and that Le Marais when its busy can be too loud to hold a conversation.

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