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Need restaurant where we can eat well, stay a while and talk. Reunion of four couples.

Nyum Sep 14, 2008 08:38 PM

Hi. We are four couples from long ago grad school days who manage to be in the same city about once a year. We like to eat where we can stay a long while, and talk. Of course the food should be good, the place current, but it is more about having a good evening of catching up..

(UWS is not an option)

  1. c
    cimui Sep 23, 2008 01:18 AM

    Almost any Daniel Humm restaurant would treat you well, I think. If EMP is booked, try the Modern Dining Room. They never hurry you and the food is wonderful. They're also very gracious about dealing with larger parties.

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    1. re: cimui
      RGR Sep 23, 2008 07:59 AM

      I think you meant to say "any Danny *Meyer* restaurant...."

      1. re: RGR
        cimui Sep 23, 2008 08:35 AM

        yes, thanks. i'm getting senile.

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      fooodie Sep 15, 2008 09:56 PM

      If you're a bit adventurous, try Delicia. It's not fancy, but the Brazilian food is delicious and very resonable. A great place to sit and catch up with friends. In fact I would only recommend this place if you want to spend time there as the service is quite slow, although very friendly. If there are any special occasions, you might even be in for a show.

      Delicia Brazil
      322 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

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      1. re: fooodie
        Nyum Sep 22, 2008 06:19 PM

        Thank you, all, for the suggestions. They all look great and will come in handy. For this big reunion group, The House sounded/ looked excellent. But when I called they said the second floor perfect window table sat only seven....and they could offer only 'the chef's room, lower level (as in basement/no windows) and only with a fixed menu (choice of two for each course) !!! for the table, since we were 'such a large group'..... So, this might get saved for another time. The other suggestions look more casual and perfect for other dinners out w/ friends...and Eleven Madison Park was booked for our night.
        Any other suggestions, most welcome

        1. re: Nyum
          kathryn Sep 22, 2008 07:41 PM

          A *lot* of other restaurants have private rooms that are only in the basement (no windows) and will require prix fixe for large groups. Are you OK if the prix fixe has more choices or is it a no go? When is your dinner? Have you tried looking on OpenTable?

          1. re: kathryn
            Nyum Sep 22, 2008 09:04 PM

            I think we do not really want a 'party room', as we are 'only' eight people. and I think ordering from the menu is half the fun. Shall try Open Table.

            1. re: Nyum
              Nyum Sep 22, 2008 09:13 PM

              Kathryn, Thanks for the suggestion re: Open Table. I had used it before only for specific reservations. great. onward!

      2. ballulah Sep 15, 2008 09:55 AM

        OH!! And lately my friends and I with a similar agenda (group of college friends who gather for dinner every few months), the House is one spot we like, but most recently we all made the unanimous decision to go back to Sip Sak for the third time. It's a Turkish restaurant on 2nd between 49th and 50th. The food is excellent. The service is friendly. I was there last week for close to 3 hours, not a blink from the staff and we never felt pressure to rush out the door. It's cheap too.


        1. ballulah Sep 15, 2008 09:39 AM

          I've had several very lovely and relaxed meals at the House on 17th and Irving. The food is seasonal (obviously sourced from Union Sq farmer's market) and well prepared, nothing is really wow knock your socks off, but it's very very good. The setting, however, (a renovated carriage house near Gramercy Park) is ideal for the atmosphere you're looking for, especially if you can get the large table on the second floor in front of the big circular windows. The service is so attentive, relaxed and welcoming... and best of all not rushed. I think because they are a little off the beaten path of the best of the best and most fashionable of the fashionable, they don't have the same sense of urgency and turnover I've experienced at places where the food is ever so slightly better. It's actually one of my favorite restaurants in that area when I want to actually sit down and talk with friends.


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          1. re: ballulah
            lemonyc Sep 16, 2008 08:29 AM

            oohh ! just looked at their website, it looks very romantic! I have to add it to my list ....

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            RGR Sep 14, 2008 10:35 PM

            If cost is not an issue, I would suggest reserving the oval table for 8 at Eleven Madison Park. Even after finishing your meal there, you will never be rushed out, so you can relax and chat for as long as you wish. In fact, you will most likely have the table for the evening.


            1. k
              kathryn Sep 14, 2008 10:25 PM

              Price? Formal or casual? Preferred neighborhoods (other than "not UWS")? Cuisine? When is this meeting? It might be difficult to get a party of 8 at some fine dining establishments. How long will you expect to stay? A lot of restaurants frown upon lingering too long after the check is paid, of course.

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