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Downtown Manhattan next Wed night...need top notch recommendation.

We have a vendor coming in and taking us out on the 23rd.He says pick the best place we can find. Fancy, classy, simple or just plain grubby or dirty as long as it's 'the best' (ie-food)! Take price out of the equation. I would like to omit classic steakhouses and anything Asian as that seems to be the only places I've been to in New York the last two years. Price is a non-issue and I'd also like to restrict this to downtown Manhattan. Seafood and Steak Tartare are my fav's but I digress...

I do promise the group an extensive review on Thursday!

Thanks again...PK

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  1. What is downtown to you? Below 34th Street? Below 14th Street? Below the Park?

    The "best" places are going to be tough to get reservations at with just a week of lead time.

    1. If you can get a table at Eleven Madison Park, and that's downtown enough, go for it.

      Further South... Del Posto, WD-50, Bouley, Corton, Scarpetta, Blue HIll... I could sit here all day listing restaurants. All have their pros and cons. Are you a big group? How many people? That makes a big difference.

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      WD-50
      50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

      Eleven Madison Park
      11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

      Blue Hill
      75 Washington Place, New York, NY 10011

      Del Posto
      85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      Scarpetta
      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Corton
      239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      Bouley
      163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

      1. Just had a vendor take us to Bouley for lunch and Scarpetta for dinner in the same day. best eating day of my life. They were both incredible but completely different atmospheres.

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        Scarpetta
        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        1. 3 people...maybe four. Small group.

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          1. re: pktaske

            I would start calling to see where you can get a table -- that will limit the possibilities significantly.

          2. Does sushi fall into your Asian category?
            In similar circumstances, I'd choose Masa...

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            Masa
            10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019