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Nov 16, 2011 06:59 AM

Holiday lunch for Dec 9 - need reco's

Hi all - I'm planning on a holiday lunch with girlfriends on Friday Dec 9 and wanted someplace festive (but not necessarily decked out in holiday decorations). In my mind's eye, I envision a circle table where we can drink wine and be merry (lots of laughs). The circular table is not an imperative however. Any suggestions? We all live in Manhattan so any location in city would work.

Thank you!

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  1. How big is your group?

    Do you have a food budget per person excluding drinks, tax, and tip?

    Any cuisine preferences?

    Which restaurants have you liked or disliked in the past?

    1. It would be around 4-6 people. In terms of budget, I would say no more than $100-$120 per person (I am anticipating a bunch of drinks!), so maybe around $60 for the food itself. In terms of cuisine, I would prefer American, Italian, French, small plates (pretty flexible)...probably not Asian. In the past, I've enjoyed craftbar, inoteca, bar pitti, bar americain, edi and the wolf, cookshop. What do you think about the Dutch or Blaue Gans for lunch?

      6 Replies
      1. re: doobieny

        I would highly recommend La Promenade des Anglais. We were huge fans of Chef Alain Allegretti's defunct eponymous restaurant, and so we're really pleased that he's back. We've been to La Promenade twice, most recently a few days ago. No surprise that Chef Allegretti's French/Mediterranean cuisine is superb. Service is friendly and attentive, the decor is very attractice, and the vibe is upbeat. There are two round tables that can seat 4-6 people.

        La Promenade photos here:

        and here:

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

        1. re: doobieny

          I liked the Dutch more than Blaue Gans. Since you liked Craftbar you should look into Tap Room at Colicchio and Sons.

          Also, Minetta Tavern is now serving lunch.

          Other ideas:

          Modern Bar Room

          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          The Modern
          9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

          Blaue Gans
          139 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013

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

          The Dutch
          131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

          359 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: doobieny

            In terms of festive decor, Balthazar always looks nice at that time of the year.

            If you liked Craftbar, look into ABC Kitchen for farm-to-table small plates, and round tables. They have decent cocktails as well.

            80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

            ABC Kitchen
            35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

            1. re: kathryn

              I might try La Promenade...I hadn't heard of it, but it looks great! The Dutch's lunch menu looked a little limited, and the Tap Room at Colicchio and Sons uses the pizza oven to heat food (everything is pre-made and separate from the kitchen for the main dining room). Thanks for all the suggestions!

              1. re: doobieny

                Hi Doobieny,

                You are misinformed about our Hearth. Our Taproom kitchen preparation is not any different then the Main Dining Room Kitchen's preparation for service. Like any high end restaurant we portion the protein ahead of time but nothing is cooked or prepared ahead of time for guests in neither of our kitchens. Pizza is rolled out to order and If you come and sit at the hearth any given day you will see that nothing is being warmed in that `hearth` but being cooked from scratch.

                I hope you give it a try, We have 6 Hearth-side seats or you can reserve our only round table at hearth that fits 6 people.


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

                1. re: ScottMSozmen

                  my apologies...thks for the clarification!