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Jul 26, 2011 07:43 AM

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

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

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

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.

    120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

    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.

      420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016

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

        10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019