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lukshen Nov 28, 2011 01:59 PM

We are hosting a holiday lunch for our small company. Our sales reps will be coming into NYC by train or bus. Any suggestions for a good restaurant? I know about the Korean places, which I would personally enjoy, but I'm concerned that they may be too "outside the box" for this crowd of 8 people. I am thinking of Nick & Stef's, which is ok, but I'm hoping my hounds will come up with something better.
Thanks in advance

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Nick & Stef's
9 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10001

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    kathryn Nov 28, 2011 02:01 PM

    Perhaps Keens?

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    Keens
    72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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      RCC Nov 28, 2011 02:11 PM

      Obligatory chowhound question here:

      What is your budget per person before tax/tip/drinks?

      1. Phil Ogelos Nov 28, 2011 02:21 PM

        Second obligatory chowhound observation here:
        Other than Keens, there's nothing of use in that neighbourhood: go east, south or north (in that order) to find someplace of worth.

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          lukshen Nov 28, 2011 02:45 PM

          Budget approx $50 pp. People are coming from Connecticut and PA. I really want to make this convenient for them. So, kathryn, rcc and phil, are you telling me that Keen's is a better choice?

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            RGR Nov 28, 2011 03:17 PM

            Keens, which is one of NY's premier steakhouses, is certainly a far superior choice than Nick & Stef's. Keens has been in its36th St. location since 1885. Thus, in addition to superb steaks, chops, etc., there is the unmatchable Old NY ambiance. The question is: Can it be done for $50pp? I'm not sure.

            Keens photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157623279345424/

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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            Keens
            72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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              lukshen Nov 28, 2011 05:09 PM

              It is only lunch and I won't be ordering expensive wines....
              This is a basic cosmo crowd.

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                kathryn Nov 29, 2011 09:06 AM

                Here's the Keens' lunch menu, as you can see, many of the steaks are over your budget. The portion sizes are generous, however.

                http://www.keens.com/OurMenus/Lunch/i...

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          Lesliepbg Nov 29, 2011 09:23 AM

          I've had good meals at Uncle Nick's (a Greek place). You can prob. do a nice wine there and have grilled greek foods. It's small so a reserv. would be in order I'd think.

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          Uncle Nick's
          382 8th Ave, New York, NY 10001

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            lukshen Nov 30, 2011 11:03 AM

            thank you, I looked at their web site and but it looks that a table of 8 will be a long loud table.
            We can go a few blocks in any direction. Keens does seems a little meaty for lunch and Nick & Stefs is just meh. Please keep the suggestions coming.

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              RGR Nov 30, 2011 02:51 PM

              Perhaps, Il Punto? It's on the corner of 9th & 38th. We've only been there once, before the name change (fka Osteria Gelsi), though the ownership remains the same. We were quite impressed with the Pugliese cuisine. Good service and very nice atmospherics.

              http://www.ilpuntoristorante.com

              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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              Il Punto
              507 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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                bronwen Dec 15, 2011 07:29 AM

                I had lunch at Il Punto yesterday and highly recommend it. One thing that stands out is the lovely service. I really think their minestrone is the best I've ever had.

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                Il Punto
                507 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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              plf515 Dec 1, 2011 05:01 AM

              Uncle Nick's, in my experience, isn't that great. Not inedible, but nothing special.

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              plf515 Dec 1, 2011 05:03 AM

              Have you thought of Lugo? I have eaten there a bunch of times, and you can eat there for your budget, I think.

              The best dishes are the salumeria and the pork shank. The pork shank is huge .... easily sharable with an appetizer of some kind. The pastas aren't bad.

              No one (certainly not me) is going to call Lugo one of great Italian restaurants, but I think it fits your criteria.

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              Lugo Caffe
              1 Penn Plaza, New York, NY 10019

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                lukshen Dec 1, 2011 07:22 AM

                Thank you everyone, I am going with Artisanal. It is just a few blocks from Penn Station. I was there once years ago and found it OK. The menus should please most everyone and doing the fondue thing should be very bonding for colleagues or gross.....
                Opinions - please.

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                Artisanal
                2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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                  uwsister Dec 1, 2011 10:10 AM

                  I was actually going to suggest Artisanal but wasn't sure if it would be too far. I think it's an excellent choice for the area.

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                    lukshen Dec 14, 2011 12:38 PM

                    I wanted to get back to everyone. Artisanal was good, everyone was happy.
                    It was very loud though, I had asked for a corner table, thinking it may have been a bit quieter. Needless to say we were in the middle of the noisy room. My budget was blown, with the added gratuity for a party of 6+, lunch was $90 pp. We ordered 2 bottles of Sancerre and 2 desserts. Oh well, I guess it's the holidays for everyone...

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                    Artisanal
                    2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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