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This Thursday - $30 pp Midtown Dinner for 6

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So, this is short notice, but our team from work is going for dinner this Thursday (Jan 15). Budget is somewhat restrictive for the typical restaurant in Midtown that caters to the business crowd with fatter wallets. We're looking to spend around $30 per head including tax and tip - this is just a general target, so I'm ok with something a little less or a little more.

By "Midtown", I mean within a ~15 min. walk of Grand Central.

Very important that we go somewhere that is comfortably spaced, not too loud (we want to be able to hear everyone at the table). A bonus would be a bar/lounge nearby where we could all sit, relax, and enjoy a few drinks before/after dinner.

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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  1. How formal/informal of a dinner is this? What cuisines?

    www.thelunchbelle.com

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      We're looking for a fairly casual place, **but casual does not mean dumpy!! We dress business casual at work, so we'd like to fit in wherever we go. My boss had mentioned Asia de Cuba, but we looked up the menu and decided it is a little bit too pricey, even though it is family style.

      Everyone is pretty open to any cuisine - but it would be nice if there are a couple of "safe" dishes on the menu just in case. Given the limited options in Midtown, we're really open to anything.

      1. re: angiebc290

        I think Luna Piena would be a safe bet. The Italian food is good, there's room for your party, the price is right, you don't need to make reservations one month in advance, and there are lots of bars just off Second Ave.
        www.lunapienanyc.com

        www.thelunchbelle.com

    2. What about Vong? It's a little further north of GC - 53rd ish between 2nd and 3rd if memory serves me correctly, and they serve the $35 dinner prix fixe all year. It's a little pricier but I suspect would fit the bill nicely otherwise.

      1. Akdeniz, the Turkish restaurant on 46th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., offers a prix-fixe dinner menu for $21.95. We've not eaten there, but Hounds who have say the food is very good.

        http://www.akdenizturkishusa.com/pref...

        For something a bit swankier, Atria (fka Grayz), on 54th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs., just re-opened, and their regular dinner menu is a 3-course prix-fixe for $35. While that does not include tax & tip, it sounds like a really good deal, especially since the same chef is continuing to head the kitchen, and all reports I've read about his contemporary American cuisine have been super positive. You can see the menu on menupages: http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

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        1. re: RGR

          I'm thinking Luna Piena and Akdeniz are right in line with what I'm looking for. As tempting as Vong and Atria are, they're just out of our budget.

          We're not celebrating anything; this is just our boss being nice and taking us all out for a meal, so budget is definitely a bit strict. Obviously, we're expensing the meal, but the boss has to be able to get it approved by her boss!

        2. lea is a good bar spot to go to and enjoy some nice bites.
          Couldnt be any closer to GC...
          http://www.leanyc.com/

          1. Naples is a good bet. You can have drinks at the bar there or at Campbell Apartment in GCT

            1. Osteria Laguna is on E 42nd near Grand Central and its great, inexpensive Italian. The atmosphere is also casual but caters to the work crowd.