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susanderavish Nov 10, 2011 09:42 AM

My boss has some clients coming to town. They are rich guys, a couple of them a little boisterous. They went to Del Posto last time around, loved it, and now I have to find another restaurant with that same vibe - big space, sort of masculine atmosphere, great food. It should have a fantastic wine list as the big guy is a wine buff and there should be some hope of me getting a reservation for 6 there on this coming Tuesday night.

Any thoughts? Any? At all? Pretty please?

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

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    kathryn Nov 10, 2011 10:06 AM

    Craft? I see a table for 6 on Tuesday on Opentable.com for 7pm.

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    Craft
    43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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      susanderavish Nov 10, 2011 11:03 AM

      Thanks, Kathryn, but he has been there as well :(

      1. re: susanderavish
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        kathryn Nov 10, 2011 11:13 AM

        Maybe an early table at Minetta Tavern?

        Call up The Dutch or Locanda Verde?

        Tertulia takes reservations only for big parties--you may luck out.

        Casa Mono has a table at 5:30 on OT. DBGB at 6:45, Public 6:30 or 7:45, Saxon and Parole 6:30...

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        Casa Mono
        52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

        Minetta Tavern
        113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

        Public
        210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

        Locanda Verde
        377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

        DBGB
        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

        The Dutch
        131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

        Tertulia
        359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Saxon + Parole
        316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: kathryn
          ttoommyy Nov 11, 2011 08:19 AM

          "...and now I have to find another restaurant with that same vibe - big space, sort of masculine atmosphere, great food."

          Although I like Casa Mono, how does it fit into the first two criteria the OP has sited; especially the first! The only reason I point this out kathryn is because some of the responses have gotten far away from what the OP is looking for.

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            kathryn Nov 11, 2011 08:22 AM

            I don't think the atmosphere is particularly feminine and there's big portions, a loud room, lots of meat on the menu at Casa Mono. It's a Batali restaurant.

            Given how late the OP is booking I think the criteria should be more driven by where they can actually get a table...

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            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: kathryn
              ttoommyy Nov 11, 2011 08:27 AM

              Yes, but it is far from a "big space." From what the OP describes, I don't think these men will feel comfortable in the cramped space. Have you been to Del Posto? The place is huge and the "vibe" (as the OP states) is quite different from Casa Mono. It is grand scale and luxurious. Lastly, as a 6-ft. 200 lb. man I would have to say the portions are far from "big" as you state; they are tapas portions.

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                kathryn Nov 11, 2011 09:28 AM

                Good point. We don't know how big or heavy the diners are.

                To clarify: Casa Mono's portions are big for tapas portions.

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                  sugartoof Nov 11, 2011 10:46 AM

                  Casa Mono's portions are tiny, even by tapas standards. Some are so small, they can't be shared even with two people. It's Batali's version of a clown car.

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                  Casa Mono
                  52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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      sugartoof Nov 10, 2011 10:28 AM

      I wonder if Ouest would qualify.

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      Ouest
      2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

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        susanderavish Nov 10, 2011 11:04 AM

        Looks good, but too far on the Upper West and not current enough for these guys.

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          sugartoof Nov 10, 2011 12:21 PM

          Maybe Kenmare? The Lion if you're more about the atmosphere than food.

          Strip House isn't a grand room, but it has tables set for large groups, and would be worth looking into.They also sound like a group who could really enjoy that Minetta Tavern suggestion.

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          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          Strip House
          13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

          The Lion
          62 W 9th St, New York, NY 10011

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          susanderavish Nov 10, 2011 11:04 AM

          But thanks anyway!

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          mushroomaffairs Nov 10, 2011 10:44 AM

          Try Valbella NYC, it def. meet your requirements. It's steak/seafood/Italian, big wine cave, big space for big men with big wallets, lol. Or what about the Tom Coliccio place next to Del Posto? Big space w/ big wine wall, lots of drama (in a good way!).

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

          Valbella
          421 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

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            susanderavish Nov 10, 2011 11:06 AM

            Wow, that does in fact look absolutely perfect for these guys, so of course it is closed for a private party on Tuesday night. Anything other recommendations like this place?

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              sgordon Nov 11, 2011 07:52 AM

              Which one was perfect? Valbella or Collichio & Sons? C&S has tables available from 9:00 onward, if they have a PP it must be over by then. (Also, I second the recommendation for C&S)

              Right across the street from DP and C&S is Morimoto. If the wine maven wants to explore some expensive artisanal sakes, they could work - and the scene is very boisterous.

              Or, since you've got 6 people, you could always book yourself one of the large-format dinners at Momofuku Ssam Bar. Bo Ssam or Duck Ssam. They've got great cocktails, and a solid (if not terribly extensive) wine list. Same could be said for Ma Peche - you could do the "Beef Seven Ways" dinner if they're cool with doing a set tasting menu.

              Or nearby, Hearth - their wine list is pretty incredible. It's a bit more sedate than Ssam Bar, sure, but it's not "white tablecloth" sedate.

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              Momofuku Ssam Bar
              207 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              Hearth
              403 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10009

              Morimoto
              88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

              Valbella
              421 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

              Ma Peche
              15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

              Colicchio & Sons
              85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              1. re: sgordon
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                susanderavish Nov 11, 2011 08:29 AM

                Great suggestions, thanks. It was Valbella that was perfect and closed.

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                Valbella
                421 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                  kathryn Nov 11, 2011 11:15 AM

                  Another large format dinner to look into is the Breslin's whole suckling pig.

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                  The Breslin
                  20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

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                    princeofpork Nov 11, 2011 12:40 PM

                    Or Resto

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                    Resto
                    111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

              2. re: mushroomaffairs
                ttoommyy Nov 10, 2011 11:08 AM

                Just a head's up...Valbella's menus looks very Italian American to me as compared to Del Posto which interprets true Italian regional cuisine.

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                susanderavish Nov 10, 2011 11:10 AM

                I'm getting Scarpetta as a suggestion - any thoughts?

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

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                  Riverman500 Nov 10, 2011 11:13 AM

                  Scarpetta is excellent. FYI the restaurant now has branches in Beverly Hills, Miami, and other locations, which may or may not be a factor for your clients.

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

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

                2. princeofpork Nov 10, 2011 11:33 AM

                  Any of the top Steak places would fit the bill. My personal favorite is Strip House.
                  Maybe one of the Asian spots like Tao or Buddhakan would work, especially all the eye candy there.

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                  Buddakan
                  75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

                  Tao
                  42 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

                  Strip House
                  13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

                  1. princeofpork Nov 10, 2011 12:48 PM

                    How about the steakhouse on top of the Penthouse Club called Roberts. The steaks are high quality

                    http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/28/din...

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                    Robert's Steakhouse
                    603 W 45th St, New York, NY 10036

                    1. ChefJune Nov 11, 2011 12:22 PM

                      How about the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern?

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                      Gramercy Tavern
                      42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

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                        sgordon Nov 11, 2011 12:47 PM

                        You can't reserve in the Tavern Room, IIRC. It'd be a pretty long wait for a 6-top more than likely.

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                        weedy Nov 11, 2011 01:07 PM

                        Bar Americain?

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                        Bar Americain
                        152 W. 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

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                          Terriwth4 Dec 5, 2011 08:47 PM

                          So where did you end up having your dinner?

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