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shopgirl Jan 16, 2009 02:21 PM

Where to take clients to impress in the downtown area? Money no object.

  1. drew13000 Jan 16, 2009 03:25 PM

    I think a lot of people will say Manny's, because that seems to be the place to go for people with expense accounts. But I'm going to say Cosmos, because I think it's extremely elegant, fantastic service, unique presentation, focus on local ingredients. It's a shame more people don't seem to know about Cosmos because every meal I've had there has been amazing.

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      shopgirl Jan 16, 2009 03:51 PM

      Thanks, Drew. I just read on another website that Manny's is closed. Any info?

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        The Dairy Queen Jan 16, 2009 04:33 PM

        Manny's moved to a new location...maybe that's what they mean?

        http://www.mannyssteakhouse.com/ (beware of website music).


      2. re: drew13000
        GutGrease Jan 19, 2009 11:47 AM

        I'd agree that Manny's is a great choice when money is no object and you're dealing with clients. It has that feeling of an old fashioned club, where men used to go to drink, eat, smoke cigars, and talk about business deals.

        Also since you said "Where to take clients to impress," I think that you'll find that sports stars and celebrities do go there. Anybody else have a recommendation on where to impress (not just with the food)?

        1. re: GutGrease
          cheeseguysgirl Jan 20, 2009 03:21 AM

          I would say Porter + Frye or Chamber's Kitchen for someone who is interested in/pleased by stylish decor and slightly avant-garde food. If they're strictly meat-n-taters, then Manny's. I love the decor at BANK, but have not eaten dinner there (and the brunch food was good but not impressive).

      3. MSPD Jan 16, 2009 04:46 PM

        Old money: La Belle Vie

        New money: Porter & Frye

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          wineglas Jan 17, 2009 06:07 AM

          How many people are you having at the event? Is wine a concern? A few questions to help you with the best choice.

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          amgarrison Jan 17, 2009 09:12 PM

          Fugaise. I just had a 7 courser with wine pairing last night and it was absolutely mindblowing. Not hard to get a reservation either!

          1. bob s Jan 18, 2009 04:29 AM

            I had a great meal at Fugaise recently and would second the recommendation. However, bear in mind that it is not in Downtown Minneapolis (in case it matters). It's right over the river across from Surdyk's on Hennepin. Also like Cosmos a lot.

            Other possibilities that haven't been mentioned: Vincent (nice room, great food); D'Amico Cucina (haven't been in years); Lurcat (food is solid, but not quite as strong as other recommendations - but I think it's one of the nicest rooms in the city - particularly if you can get by the window).

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              amgarrison Jan 19, 2009 08:48 AM

              Well, 30 seconds across a bridge from downtown, or downtown. Close enough. Incredible food in the immediate area is the point.

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                bob s Jan 19, 2009 11:08 AM

                I personally don't think it's a big problem either. But the OP and/or her guests may not agree. I just was adding info in case it mattered.

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                Foureyes137 Jan 21, 2009 01:10 PM

                I have to agree with Bob. I live in the neighborhood of and love Fugaise, but have worked downtown and this time of year, "downtown" meant "skyway access" (or within a block) when we were entertaining clients.

                Great recommendation though.

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                spudchef Jan 19, 2009 06:49 AM

                I would agree with Vincent - however if you want to spring for a cab to St. Paul I wouls go to Heartland - Best Restaurant in the Cities in my opinion!

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                  PatSirek Jan 21, 2009 12:29 PM

                  Agree with you about the Heartland in St. Paul. But I also love Restaurant Alma in Minneapolis.

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                    soupkitten Jan 21, 2009 12:42 PM

                    alma would be on my list, but like fugaise, it's across the river from downtown minneapolis, so along with heartland i don't think it meets the op's criteria.

                    on second read, though, the op says "downtown area"-- so maybe fugaise and alma are in the ballpark, though heartland is really quite far afield??? all 3 are great restaurants though!

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                  Josh Resnik Jan 20, 2009 07:54 PM

                  La Belle Vie!!!!

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                    soupkitten Jan 21, 2009 11:00 AM

                    if it's a one shot deal, i'd go to porter & frye.
                    caveat: if they are very conservative, manny's steakhouse or la belle vie won't disappoint.

                    once you are a little more chummy, or after cocktails, i'd get some small plates or do a second dinner at the less formal 112 eatery, or saffron.

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                      HuaGung Jan 21, 2009 04:01 PM

                      Gonna throw my $.02 firmly into Soupkitten's stockpot. Great rec's. Couldn't think of a better trip through MSP with clients than Porter & Frye or La Belle Vie followed by a visit to 112. Was there again on Sunday and am still smiling today.



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