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Where should my husband eat in KCMO tonight?

He is on a business trip with one colleague and they like to eat well, staying at Hotel Phillips. They are NYC CHers, steak or seafood would be a fine choice, also a contemporary American restaurant with good drinks and a good beer list. A 15-20 minute cab ride from hotel at the most, if possible.

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  1. Michael Smith or the adjoining Extra Virgin would be my choice.


    Very close to downtown, as in 5 minutes by car. It's really only a 15 minute walk from the Phillips.

    1. In the downtown:

      106 year old Savoy Grill has good steak and seafood and a lot of history. It was a favorite of Harry Truman and others http://www.savoygrill.net/

      Majestic Steak House is in an interesting old building has good steaks and light jazz. http://www.kansascitymenus.com/majest...

      1. When I'm in KC overnight one of my favorite places is Le Fou Frog, which is north of downtown in the River Key district. Run by a native Frenchman, this funky and fun bistro features great food and a menu that changes daily depending on what's fresh that day.
        Here are some reviews from Yelp:
        It's also a favorite among us Chowhounds too.

        1. Too bad he wasn't here a year ago. Hotel Philips used to have a good in-house restaurant, although a bit above my pay-grade.

          I would also recommend Bluestem, which is not as close as Michael Smith, but easily within your cab-ride distance. Great cocktails as well as great food.

          The other Beard-award winner would be the American Restaurant in Crown Center. Again, easily within the cab distance. I can't personally recommend this one because I haven't been.

          If they're looking to have a couple of cocktails or beers after dinner, they should also consider a trip to Harry's Country Club in the River Market, which is walkable from the Hotel or a very quick cab ride. A very big and very good selection of spirits and beers, friendly professional bartenders, and a KC-riffic atmosphere.

          ETA -- and thanks for posting a very specific request. I'm sure the NY boards get inundated with the vague "I'm in NY. Where should I eat?" posts.

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          1. re: heatherkay

            Harry's does have a good beer and great spirits selection--and I really like the place overall--but they don't actually mix very good cocktails, in my experience.

            Agree with the bluestem rec, too, either the lounge for a little more casual and cheaper, or the restaurant for a more formal and expensive tasting menu.

            1. re: Aaron Deacon

              I confess. I don't usually make it past the scotch menu, and I order neat with a water back, so I don't really know much about their mixology.

          2. My first thought was Michael Smith and/or Extra Virgin. If they want more traditional food and more formal atmosphere, then the American is a good choice as well. I also second Harry's Country Club. All very close and all for the discerning. DO NOT LET THEM GO TO POWER AND LIGHT- It's truly tragic. That place was built for clueless tourists who need somewhere to go after the Sprint center. Very expensive. Very pedestrian. Very anoying. Oh yaeh, JP Wine Bar is good for the obvious and then there's Lidia's, but I would sit at the bar and eat everything I could at Extra Virgin. It's nice today and there's a patio if they prefer. Hope he has fun.

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            1. re: inbiz

              P.S.- Happy hour @Extra Virgin is from 3 to 6. 1/2 price on lots of the food and all drinks, including wine, are $2 off.

            2. Osteria Il Centro-it's at 51st and Main
              Small place, but by far my favorite restaurant I've found while living in KC for 24 years. They have happy hour specials, great wine list and the shrimp on top of the artichoke appetizer is heaven on a dish. The chicken spiedini is also incredible...pretty much anything I've had there is great. The other restaurants suggested are great choices too. Just make sure he doesn't go to any chains!!

              1. So you're saying he has an expense account? Or a per diem?

                Bluestem. And I'm very jealous. Even if he didn't have the company picking up the tab, I'd still recommend it...1/2 price food and drink specials during happy hour from 5-7PM.

                Yes. Jealous is the word.

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                1. re: boagman

                  What can I tell you, they are a very small group of senior level people, and they pretty much do what they think is appropriate re expenses. Not bad, huh? And thanks to everyone, am going to get all of these to him via Blackberry right now, you KC people rock!

                  1. re: susan robin

                    Please tell us how his experience was.

                    1. re: KansasTravel

                      Will do. After much discussion, they wound up at Savoy Grill because they loved the retro feel of the menu. It's almost impossible to find that type of menu in Manhattan anymore, so that was a treat in itself, hopefully the food measured up. Not sure if they did anything pre or post dinner, but will post more tomorrow or very late tonight.

                      1. re: KansasTravel

                        Husband and colleague decided on Savoy Grill because of the old school menu, and it did not disappoint. They arrived around 7:30 and were the only people in the restaurant, which usually weirds me out a bit, but they were undaunted. Food and service impeccable. They both had salads, one had a perfectly done steak, the other had fresh snapper (waiter's suggestion, it had just come in) that was a bit too buttered for his taste but also beautifully and simply prepared. Steak definitely stood up to the test of two jaded New Yorkers. Knocked back a few scotches each so never got to wine list or dessert, but just what two tired guys wanted. My husband compares it to Locke-Ober in Boston and Galatoire's in New Orleans --- not necessarily the type of places you want to dine at more than occasionally, but you're so happy they are around when you want to!

                        1. re: susan robin

                          I think they're going to restore the hotel. I don't know what it means for the restaurant exactly, but I'm sure it's coming along for the ride. Without a doubt, that place is on the historic register.

                          1. re: inbiz

                            Restaurant is scheduled to close for 12-18 months, I believe, along with the renovations.