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Trendy Restaurant for Holiday Office Dinner - Suggestions?

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NYLady825 Nov 2, 2011 06:16 AM

My boss has asked me to research a trendy place for our holiday office dinner in December.
Assume a party of 18 - somewhere within the Gramercy/Chelsea/Union Sq/Greenwich Village area, good food options for all, decent wine list and fun atmosphere.
Preferably not a private room - likes the hustle of other diners. Price is not an issue.

Last year year we went to Spice Market where we had a family-style tasting menu of:
Appetizers
Chili Rubbed Beef Skewers
Pork Satay
Chicken Samosas
Vietnamese Spring Rolls
Lobster Roll
Black Pepper Shrimp

Salad
Avocado and Radish Salad

Entrees
Cod
Char Grilled Chicken
Steamed Lobster
Grilled Strip Steak

Side Dishes
Snap Peas with Shitake Mushrooms
Baby Corn and Broccoli
Ginger Fried Rice

Desserts
Ovaltine Kulfi
Cookies
Selection Ice Cream and Sorbet

Any suggestions??

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Spice Market
403 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

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    Riverman500 Nov 2, 2011 09:22 AM

    Nuela is fun and ideal for groups. They have a large table in the main dining room which I think can accommodate a party of 18.

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    Nuela
    43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

    1. sgordon Nov 2, 2011 07:57 AM

      The places coming to mind for me are all a little South of where you're looking - it seems "trendy" stays below 14th St, for the most part.

      Over in Chelsea / Meatpacking are your typical "trendy" places that draw big crowds even though no one really seems to have anything particularly positive to say about the food: Buddakan, Abe & Arthur's, The Darby, etc. And new places like Catch. There's Morimoto as well, where the food is certainly good (just don't bother with sushi - stick to the composed dishes) - I'm not sure if they could do 18 in the main room, though. Maybe by sectioning off a group of tables.

      In the Village you've got new places Tertulia and Empellon - probably either/or could do a section-off for you.

      As to Gramercy or Union Square... those sections don't really scream "trendy" so much.

      Slightly further South, Public would fit the bill. There's a big communal table that could seat 18, right in the middle of the main dining room. It's certainly trendy, and the food is great as well. They offer a couple different prix fixe packages, three or four courses, with a few options per course.

      For uber-trendy, for the moment (as trends do tend to be momentary) the big "downtown chic" place is probably Beauty & Essex. The food is solid, though, unlike a lot of scenester places where the food is kind of secondary. If they're booked (don't be surprised if a lot of bigger places are already booked for holiday parties) there's their sister restaurant, Stanton Social. Still a happening scene, you could reserve the whole upstairs lounge for your group (leaving the bar area open to regular customers, not taking the whole floor) - that could be nice since it's couches & coffee tables, allows everyone to mill about rather than sit in assigned seats for the meal.

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      Buddakan
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

      Morimoto
      88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      Public
      210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      Marc Forgione
      134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

      The Darby
      244 West 14th St, New York, NY 10011

      Abe & Arthur's
      409 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

      Empellon Taqueria
      230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

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

      Tertulia
      359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Catch
      21 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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