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Good Place for 10 Co-workers near 14th and 8th avenue?

roze Jan 6, 2009 06:38 PM

We are celebrating a special occasion within our work and need to find a good place for lunch. It is a non profit agency so dom't be thinking Morimotot or craftsteak please :)

Our usual place is Tvern on Jane but we always seem to go there. I thought about the spotted Pig but I'm not sure everyone would go for the food (we have a few on weight watchers). Anyone have suggestions? Thanks!

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    Lucia RE: roze Jan 6, 2009 06:47 PM

    Hmm.... Tavern on Jane isn't especially weight-friendly, so I'm a little confused. But, some of my favorites in the area are Maroons, Le Zie, La Nacional, Rocking Horse. If you're looking for flexible bar/diner food, Vinyl and Elmo are fine.

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      small h RE: roze Jan 6, 2009 07:01 PM

      East of Eighth (on 23rd) isn't the most exalted spot, but it does have something for everyone, the prices are fair, and the food is quite good.


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        foodwhisperer RE: small h Jan 6, 2009 07:32 PM

        Crispo will work.

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          Lucia RE: foodwhisperer Jan 7, 2009 06:38 PM

          Except that Crispo isn't open for lunch

        2. re: small h
          MaryishSally RE: small h Jan 8, 2009 05:37 AM

          I have been to East of Eighth mainly as a bar, but always enjoyed the atmosphere. I spent NYE there once and had a great time.

        3. lawyerlady RE: roze Jan 6, 2009 07:47 PM

          i second east of eighth. creative food. really liked this place.

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            kathryn RE: roze Jan 7, 2009 06:45 PM

            What about Safran?


            I was a big fan of the chef's food when she was at Monsoon on the UWS.

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              clembeauchamp RE: roze Jan 7, 2009 07:22 PM

              I had one meal at East of Eighth and that was enough for me. Never again. But I think Safran is a great idea. Lots of lighter fare for the weight watchers, plus a good cocktail menu if you feel like spicing things up. Momoya on 21st and 7th is decent Japanese and they have a lot of room but I'm not sure if they're open for lunch. Also, for what it's worth, I've had positive experiences with The Spotted Pig and large groups.

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                small h RE: clembeauchamp Jan 8, 2009 02:37 AM

                "I had one meal at East of Eighth and that was enough for me. Never again."


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                mrnyc RE: roze Jan 8, 2009 01:57 PM

                if you like tavern's you might try BRASS MONKEY. plenty of room there for your group.

                NOOCH is a healthy option.

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                  roze RE: roze Jan 8, 2009 03:08 PM

                  Thanks for all the recs! We actually decided to go out of our way a little and do Aquagrill
                  (they have a surprisingly reasonable lunch). Thanks for the suggestions though I will use them next time. Totally forgot about Safran!

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