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

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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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  1. 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.

    1. 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.

      http://www.eastofeighthny.com/index.html

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        1. re: foodwhisperer

          Except that Crispo isn't open for lunch

        2. re: small h

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

          1. What about Safran?

            http://www.safran88.com/

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

            1. 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

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

                Why?

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

                NOOCH is a healthy option.

                1. 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!