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Any ideas for a dinner for 12 guys, casual dinner for business in the FlatIron, Gramercy,union Square area?

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apples May 6, 2010 06:37 AM

loking for a fun, casual atmoshphere that's not too pricey. Trying to steer away from Dos Caminos and the BBQ places around there.
Thanks

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    kathryn May 6, 2010 09:29 AM

    Large format feast at Resto?
    http://www.restonyc.com/largeformatfeasts.asp
    http://nyctastes.blogspot.com/2010/01...

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    Resto
    111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

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      bhb1978 May 6, 2010 04:18 PM

      Great idea about Resto. I've sat at the front table with a large group of people. Great specials menu. All the food on the standing menu is wonderful too. The charcuterie platter is a must.

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      Resto
      111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

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      bhb1978 May 6, 2010 07:42 AM

      Wolfgang's is great if you like steak. Cool interior. Service and food similar to Peter Lugers.

      Chinese Mirch is also great if you guys like indian-chinese fusion.

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      Chinese Mirch
      1830 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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        LeahBaila May 6, 2010 07:46 AM

        Wolfgang's does have a cool space and great steak, but the noise volume is deafening. They have the worst acoustics in town.

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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          RGR May 6, 2010 11:57 AM

          The interior of Wolfgang's, which includes that fabulous Gustavino ceiling, is landmarked, which means the owners cannot make any changes to the walls or ceiling. I think the noise level becomes a problem when both the bar area and the dining room are very busy. We were there on a Sunday evening. While the dining room was pretty full, there wasn't a soul in the bar area, and the noise level was quite reasonable.

      2. LeahBaila May 6, 2010 07:35 AM

        ABC Kitchen
        'inoteca
        Almond
        Maialino (as per RGR)

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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        'inoteca
        323 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        ABC Kitchen
        35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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          RGR May 6, 2010 11:52 AM

          Although I like 'inoteca Gramercy, we only go there for lunch or very late supper midweek when it's fairly empty because when it's full, the noise level is insanely high.

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          RGR May 6, 2010 06:49 AM

          Two excellent Italian options: Maialino and SD26.

          Maialino photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623676374010/

          SD26 photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157622310994057/

          and here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          SD26
          19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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            princeofpork May 6, 2010 07:19 AM

            I know this is completely subjective but I would not consider Maialino "not too pricey" maybe the OP can give us a better idea as to his cost threshold. Once he said Dos Caminos and BBQ I capped each person at $25 without tax and tip and booze.

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            Maialino
            2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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              chow_gal May 6, 2010 08:11 AM

              I actually would not consider SD26 to be "fun", "casual" or "not too pricey".

              It was full of well-heeled older customers who seemed to be from the old San Domenico crowd, and business people.

              The dining room feels glamorous, and is lovely but not exactly fun. But again, that's subjective too.

              Aldea might be a better option. Feels younger and hipper and prices are more gentle.

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              SD26
              19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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                RGR May 6, 2010 12:04 PM

                "It was full of well-heeled older customers who seemed to be from the old San Domenico crowd, and business people.

                We've been to SD26 twice and neither time was the dining room filled with the kind of people you describe. Maybe a few, but it was mostly folks in their 30's and 40's. And this last time, the front bar room was teeming with a young crowd.

                Despite the fact that that tables in the dining room are covered with white linen (which I happen to find appealing), it's still a casual place. And, imo, prices fall in the moderate to upper moderate range.

            2. princeofpork May 6, 2010 06:44 AM

              Angelo and Maxies - casual steakhouse. Good drinks and eye candy. Could also go to the A&M Grill around the corner.
              Dukes - very casual pub grub

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              Angelo & Maxie's
              233 Park Ave S., New York, NY 10003

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                chow_gal May 6, 2010 08:12 AM

                Duke's is a bar. And sorta fratty. Don't take a business dinner there.

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