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Business dinner - which quintessential / best NYC restaurant to go

I'm being taken out to dinner by a vendor. I have my choice of just about anywhere in the city but of course I'm stymied as to where to go. Given the economy, it should be no more than
$150 pp. French, Italian, New American is a go.

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  1. Old Homestead would be appropriate, maybe. old style New York steakhouse...and they take credit cards!

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    1. re: coasts

      Old Homestead has to be the worst of the old school steakhouses in NYC.

      I'd suggest Gramercy Tavern or Tocqueville or Allegretti in that price range. If you want a steakhouse, that's a category unto itself.

      1. re: gutsofsteel

        i think Gallagher's takes the cake as the worst of the old steakhouses, but what's the matter with the Homestead?

        1. re: coasts

          The food (including the steaks) is just not very good, and certainly not in the top tier of steak places in Manhattan.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            Plus Old Homestead is loud, touristy, and the service stinks.

            1. re: pace

              Yep. And they don't even make a good martini.

              1. re: gutsofsteel

                Okay, I don't live in NYC (anymore). What's the thoughts of Coppola's off Amsterdam?

                1. re: caiatransplant

                  Red and white checked tablecloths, red sauce Italian American. Would not be a splurge by any stretch of the imagination; not fitting the OP's request at all. Just a neighborhood place. Not a destination place at all.

                  For OP try: EMP, Marea, Aldea, Convivio

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    2. In your price range, I highly recommend Eleven Madison Park (at least that's where I'm going in two weeks for a business dinner--I'm paying).

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      1. re: ellenost

        Eleven Madison Park is fantastic - you could do the $88 3-course and with wine and tax and tip be approximately in your price range.

      2. You could do the 3-course at Daniel for that, the 4 course at Le Bernardin, or the tasting at Alto or Picholine. Those would be my picks.

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        1. re: uhockey

          Prix Fixe at Le Bernardin is $110. Add wine, tax, tip...you're over the $150.

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            I don't drink - solves the problem. :-)

        2. I recommend SHO Shaun Hergatt in the Setai Hotel on Broad Street. We went there for my husbands birthday last week and for $69 prix fixe price we had one of the most elegant, delicious well served meals i've ever had. Plus it was beautiful! Ask to sit in the room whre the glass fronted kitchen is. We went away by the wonderfulness of the restaurant. Plus if your budget is $100-150 you will not look grabby. I also second Toqueville. and want to add Park Avenue Winter-both of these combine food and setting felicitously..

          1. Is business is going to be discussed then I would agree with everyone that has suggested EMP, I think it has a nice feel of formality and granduer without being stodgy. Another recommendation would be Cafe Boulud based upon quality of food and the ambience.

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            1. re: Spiritchaser

              Thanks all for the good advice. I offered up EMP or Blue Hill. The vendor chose Blue Hill. Should be good, no?