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Need recs for a chic, mid priced restaurant (non-asian food), for foreign clients, large group of 14!

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I have a group of foreign clients from asia coming for a dinner. They obviously do not want asian food. My limitations are that it not be too overpriced (preferabley $30 and under for an entree), but the space should be chic/upscale looking, since it needs to look somewhat impressive. Any kind of food is welcome except asian or asian fusion. Can be anywhere in manhattan. WE have a large group of 14 ppl! need chow hounds help!! TIA!

originally thinking:
Kellari - but my boss thought it was too pricey
Steakhouse - again too pricey
Casa La Femme - fun, but the food is just so-so
Pampano - great price and food but area is kind of boring

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Casa La Femme
140 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

Pampano
209 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

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  1. What night is the dinner? Availability could be severely limited if it's on a Friday or Saturday,

    Essex Restaurant has solid food, can handle large groups, and is very hip - but it's hip in a younger way, may not be the best place for a business dinner. Popular spot for bachelor / bachelorette parties and pre-barhopping groups.

    Beauty & Essex is the flavor-of-the-month right now. Very chic, trendy, but the food is reasonably priced. Semi-celebrity chef making pretty creative food, clubby scene.

    Vandaag is a great new(-ish) place, very sleek, well-reviewed, fit for "foodie" types, hip East Village location. Scandinavian-influenced food, hearty, most (all?) entrees are under $30. Great cocktails as well, if it's that sort of crowd. Could probably handle a large group, but you'd have to call them.

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    Essex
    120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

    Vandaag
    103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Beauty & Essex
    146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    1. Asellina (in the Gansevoort Park Ave South Hotel) does family-style dinners at big communal tables, starting at $65 pp for three courses. Very chic space, and you can go up to the rooftop bar for drinks afterward. I attended a business dinner like this there a few months ago, and the family-style platters were very festive and fun.

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      Asellina
      420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

      1. Landmarc in the Time Warner center would fit your criteria.

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        Landmarc
        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019