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Canadian Needs Lunch Recs For Client

jamesm Jun 4, 2009 09:28 AM

Hi -- I'm coming in from Toronto and need to find a place to take clients for lunch somewhere in the neighbourhood of 32nd and 7th.

Any reccomendations would be awesome.

Thanks in advance!

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    kathryn RE: jamesm Jun 4, 2009 09:30 AM

    Your request is too vague. Price range, including tax, tip, drinks? How many people? What kind of cuisine? How close does it need to be? Any dietary restrictions or allergies?

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      jamesm RE: kathryn Jun 4, 2009 09:35 AM

      Sorry about that.

      Price is no object, no dietary restrictions, any type of cuisine but preferably something a little more upscale with great food. There will be about 8 people and a 5 or 6 block radius would be ideal.

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        LBNJNY RE: jamesm Jun 4, 2009 09:46 AM

        That radiius is kind of tough. It's not going to provide you with a lot of interesting options. If your clients are from NYC they know that and might be willing to jump in a cab. Keen's Steakhouse fits the bill in terms of quality and proximity as it's on 36th St. near Sixth Ave. But I wouldn't call it interesting. If they like Sushi you could travel over to Koi on 40th between Fifth and Sixth. Very good quality, but pricey.

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          jamesm RE: LBNJNY Jun 4, 2009 10:03 AM

          Thanks for the feedback. I'm not totally familiar with the area so any help is appreciated.

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            kathryn RE: LBNJNY Jun 4, 2009 10:14 AM

            Keens food is not nouveau or hip but I wouldn't call it boring. It's classic and quite delicious. And the historical nature / atmosphere of the restaurant is fascinating, I always recommend it to out of towners. The pipes hanging from the ceiling, old newspaper clippings, faded black and white photos....

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              jamesm RE: kathryn Jun 4, 2009 10:26 AM

              Just checked keens website and it looks solid. Thanks for the suggestion.

              Say the radius was expanded a bit to a short cab ride. Would that provide more options?

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                kathryn RE: jamesm Jun 4, 2009 12:44 PM

                It might and it might not, dependent upon traffic, and also, lots of places in Manhattan are small and just don't have the capacity to seat a group of 8.

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                MMRuth RE: kathryn Jun 5, 2009 08:14 AM

                I was there for the first time with a young Swiss colleague of my husband's, and he seemed to really enjoy it, as did we.

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          mch RE: jamesm Jun 4, 2009 11:29 AM

          if you are looking for steakhouse del friscos and wolfgangs are good options as well. i've heard great things about wolfgangs and i prefer del friscos over keens.

          1. thievery RE: jamesm Jun 4, 2009 11:33 AM

            artisinal is a few avenue's away and should fit the bill (still a 10-15 minute walk). eleven madison park or tabla if more adventurous on cuisine are just a little futher out and high end, businessy and on one of the prettier parks in town surrounded by landmark buildings.

            a short cab ride would open most of the good stuff in manhattan, so i guess if cuisine is not a factor then ambiance would be good to know. (fyi... your group size at 8 would require 2 cabs... 1 more person to the mix would require 3)

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              chowbeth RE: thievery Jun 4, 2009 02:53 PM

              Artisanal can be REALLY loud, maybe not good for business. Eleven Madison Park and Tabla are good choices and your colleagues will be impressed with the food (if money is no object as you stated).

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                jamesm RE: chowbeth Jun 5, 2009 06:47 AM

                I looked at their menus and agree the food does sound quite good. I think I've narrowed it dow to either one of those, or Keen's in the event they aren't terribly adventurous. Thanks to all who responded. I appreciate it.

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                  kathryn RE: jamesm Jun 5, 2009 06:51 AM

                  I think EMP is much better than Tabla (and EMP has a lunch prix fixe that is surprisingly inexpensive compared to the dinner cost). However, I would book ASAP as you have a group of 8.

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                    jamesm RE: kathryn Jun 5, 2009 07:55 AM

                    Thanks for the heads up. Will do.

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