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latin food for a group

Latin or latin-influenced restaurant for a group of 8 ladies. price is not an issue, but prefer not to go over $70 per person including a glass of wine. Location is also non issue so long as it's not gazillion miles from the nearest subway stop. Cuba de Asia is too energetic for this particular group, as are many latin restaurants in the EV. We don't really want to spend the dinner people watching, but we want to be able to talk to and hear each other. Your recommendations are greatly appreciated. THank you.

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  1. Calle Ocho on the Upper West Side. Great ambiance, creative food.

      1. Macondo LES. Yerba Buena - either location.

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          1. re: chow_gal

            Hate to be such a stick in the mud, but aren't both of these places tad on the "energetic" (i.e. loud) side? Great food is given, but we'd like to hear each other. I've not been to Yerba in long time, but last time I went, it wasn't serious girl-chat friendly.

            1. re: jycnyc

              I don't know what your girl-chat is like. My friends and I love these energetic places to get together. We're not discussing nuclear fusion, mind you.

              1. re: chow_gal

                I love the energetic places too. I should have mentioned that it's somewhat work related event. March being the women's history month, it's a group of ladies from work getting together to bond. We won't be talking business, but it's still a business related event.

              2. re: jycnyc

                You're right about Yerba. Macondo is usually on the empty side, though.

            2. Perhaps, La Fonda del Sol? More Spanish than Latin, but the food's delicious. Service is excellent, the dining room decor is extremely attractive, and there are two round tables that can seat 8. It's located on the street level of the MetLife Bldg., around the corner from Grand Central.

              Photos of our meal at LFdS can be viewed here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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