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I'm taking a potential senior employee out for dinner at the expense of the company. The candidate (victim?) is visiting from London and there will be six of us (2 couples + 2 kids, girls, 10) for dinner. I thought of 11 Madison but it's all booked up. Any recommendations, it's been a while since I've had someone else pay for dinner so something nice that would be interesting to a Londoner but is also suitable for 10 year old girls would be wonderful.

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  1. What date is this dinner?

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    1. re: kathryn

      The 28th (around 7:30, since one kid has school on the 29th).

      1. re: gumnaam

        I would suggest Tocqueville and Cafe Boulud.

        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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        Cafe Boulud
        20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

        Tocqueville
        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

    2. Looking at Opentable for that night, I'm seeing open tables (go figure) within an hour of that time for:

      Annisa (I'm not the biggest fan, but many others are wild about them)
      Aquavit (my most recent review of them here: http://www.chow.com/topics/810271
      )Corton (maybe not as good for a group, since it's tasting-menu-only now)
      Craft (good for groups, IMHO, but the minimalist menu and lack of composed dishes may not be as exciting for some)
      Morimoto (a little more boisterous vibe, could be more fun for the kids)
      Tocqueville (as pointed out above)
      WD-50 (more of a "fun" meal, again, could be more exciting for the young ones, especially if Wylie's in the kitchen and they're into science at all - he's usually willing to meet diners, and would probably do a little wacky demo for the kids involving liquid nitrogen or something if you set it up with them beforehand)

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      WD-50
      50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

      Aquavit
      65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022

      Tocqueville
      1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

      Annisa
      13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

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

      Morimoto
      88 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

      Corton
      239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: sgordon

        I would not recommend either Annisa or Corton in this case, although I adore Annisa and like Corton. Both have quiet, formal rooms that just don't seem suitable for 10-year olds.

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        Annisa
        13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

        Corton
        239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: Elizabeth E.

          With regard to Corton, I don't think the setting is the issue here since there are 10-year-olds who can comport themselves properly in formal settings. However, unless these girls have very sophisticated palates, I think they would have a problem with Liebrandt's style of cuisine, which isn't as "user-friendly".as the cuisine at Tocqueville (which btw, has a dining room that is formal, elegant, and more beautiful than Corton's).

          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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          Tocqueville
          1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Corton
          239 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      2. Marea. Had a wonderful meal there two weeks ago - so good that I returned solo a week later with no reservation and ate the bar. Here's a recent lunch review but you will get the idea:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/805785

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        Marea
        240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019