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1990s Investment Banker Chic Restaurant?

We are looking for a restaurant that is similar to a steakhouse, but accommodates vegetarians and pescatarians, moderately priced, low corkage fees for big Californian wines, good for foodies and people who think that restaurants are a waste because they cook better than most restaurants (which they don't), and can take a reservation for 8 at 8 on a Saturday. This is also a group that includes people who enjoy an early 1990s investment banker aesthetic, meaning pastel napkins, granite topped bars, and unobtrusive Muzack piped in the background. Please help.

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  1. I dunno, investment bankers back then ate red meat. I lived near Smith & Wollensky's for a while, and during a modest meal I recall 3 guys about 30 tearing through thick porterhouses, and were on their 3rd bottle of Petrus, which were about $2500 a copy then. They clearly left the 2 empties on the table for effect. I was out-ordered.

    Smith & Wollensky
    797 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10022

    1. Maybe try the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel? That's where retired Wall Street stock broker Lemuel Benedict supposedly invented the recipe for eggs benedict. I'm not sure if it will fall into your price range, but I think it will definitely have the feel. Bull and Bear is the name of the steakhouse there.


      Bull and Bear
      301 Park Ave, New York, NY 10022

      1. Bobby Van's, The Post House,

        Post House
        28 E 63rd St, New York, NY 10021

        1. quality meats may be perfect for this occasion.

            1. Basically you want something like the places Patrick Bateman ate in American Psycho, right?

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              1. re: loratliff

                Dorsia? was that ever a real restaurant?

              2. this is the funniest request I have ever seen. But every time I go to China Grill on 53rd st in Midtown, that's exactly the aesthetic I think it is.

                China Grill
                60 W 53rd St, New York, NY 10019

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                1. re: chompchomp

                  I would have to agree, what an amusing and detailed request, complete with Muzak! Much better than the "where should I go to get a good meal in NYC?".

                2. Harry's Steakhouse and Delmonico's Steakhouse - both in the financial district - fit your bill. They are two of the oldest steakhouses in NY and less "chainy" than say Del Frisco's. Moreover, they are in the heart of the Wall Street area and are walking distance from the stock exchange, have oak wood and dark leather decor and old scruffy servers and bartenders that are reminiscent of Old New York.

                  Del Frisco's
                  1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

                    1. Scalini Fedeli?

                      Scalini Fedeli
                      165 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

                      1. Rao's (if you can get in)
                        Maloney & Porcelli or Patroon (if you can't)

                        1. Gotham Bar & Grill fits many of your criteria.

                          1. Dorsia, 100%. If you can get in.