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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!

  1. r
    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!

    1. m
      mrnyc 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.

      1. c
        clembeauchamp 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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        1. re: clembeauchamp
          small h Jan 8, 2009 02:37 AM

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


        2. k
          kathryn 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.

          1. lawyerlady Jan 6, 2009 07:47 PM

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

            1. s
              small h 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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              1. re: small h
                foodwhisperer Jan 6, 2009 07:32 PM

                Crispo will work.

                1. re: foodwhisperer
                  Lucia Jan 7, 2009 06:38 PM

                  Except that Crispo isn't open for lunch

                2. re: small h
                  MaryishSally 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. l
                  Lucia 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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