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Quiet, comfortable place for a business dinner?

visciole Oct 29, 2011 08:12 PM

I'm seeking something like the now-closed Savoy: sedate, not scene-y, unostentatious, moderately priced, with good food that doesn't call too much attention to itself. Preferably not too far uptown. Thanks!

  1. boredough Oct 31, 2011 06:34 AM

    We went to Promenade des Anglais on a Tuesday at 7:30p and found it very noisy as it started to fill up.

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      visciole Oct 31, 2011 08:41 AM

      OK, thanks, too bad. It looks perfect otherwise. That high ceiling and all the stone should've been a tip-off.

      How was the food?

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        boredough Oct 31, 2011 08:55 AM

        The food was very good, but as "fair" as the prices are, I found the portions to be on the small side. For instance, the fish soup - served in a rather small bowl - was perfectly prepared (I've had better rouille) with just the right consistency & seasoning - but it made you wish for more.

        1. re: boredough
          visciole Oct 31, 2011 09:25 AM

          Better that than making you wish for less....

          I'll try it on another occasion; thanks again for the input regarding noise level.

    2. visciole Oct 30, 2011 06:27 PM

      Thanks for the suggestions. What about La Promenade des Anglais, Alain Allegretti's new place? Can anyone who's been there say if it's reasonably quiet and comfortable for conversation?

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        RGR Oct 30, 2011 08:44 PM

        We had dinner at La Promenade des Anglais two days after it officially opened. It was a Sunday, and we arrived at around 6:30 p.m. Tables were not fully occupied during our meal (I'd say it reached around 60% with a few people also seated at the bar), and the noise level was conversation-friendly. However, I have read a report on another food forum from someone who was there on an extremely busy evening (I think it was a Friday) who said the noise level was insanely high. So, I guess how noisy it is depends on exactly when you go. The decor is very attractive and, most important, the food is seriously delicious. We were huge fans of Alain Allegretti's defunct eponymous restaurant, and so we're thrilled to be able to eat his wonderful food again.

        La Promenade photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157627636366157/


        La Promenade des Anglais
        461 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: RGR
          visciole Oct 31, 2011 05:09 AM

          Thanks, that's very helpful. It looks great, and surprisingly moderately priced as well.

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        sam1 Oct 29, 2011 09:22 PM

        aldea, perilla, commerce are some regular spots ive taken clients to.

        9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

        50 Commerce Street, New York, NY 10014

        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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          173gal Oct 30, 2011 06:14 AM

          Aldea can be hugely noisy.

          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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            ciomar Oct 30, 2011 06:43 PM

            Commerce was very loud the evening we were there.

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