suggestions for several dinners for a group of 8, preferably in/near midtown, that aren't too loud. Greek, Italian, French, Steak, New American, Mexican, Chinese, Thai?
I'm leaning towards relatively unfussy and conservative menus. Would prefer places that take reservations.
I've got Keen's, La Grenouille (I have never been, and I wouldn't mind visiting a legendary restaurant), Molyvos (I visit Milos in Montreal, and want to have at least one upscale Greek dinner in midtown), Toloache (I'm a fan of their tacos and we'll go there before a Broadway show) on my list right now.
Re: Chinese restaurants
We'd probably be best with a place that offers some decent versions of Westernized dishes as well as any more authentic dishes. I'm completely out of the loop re: Chinese food outside of Chinatown.
Re: Thai restaurants
Mostly looking for a place with a decent Tom Yum. Doesn't have to serve authentically spicy food. Just decent is good enough.
I have been watching the various Italian threads, so Ai Fiori has been on my radar for a while, but I'm not sure if it will be too posh for our group.
Although we might have one splurge night (splurge for me is over $70 per person on food alone), I'd generally like to keep most meals in the $30-$50/person range (not including drinks).
I realize we could take taxis to go further afield, but we will probably end up staying north of 34th Street and south of 72nd during our stay, although a few of us might break away at some point for a quick trip to Barney Greenglass or Cafe Sabarsky at some point.
What other restaurants would you consider, if you were part of a group of 8?
Thanks for any ideas!
Re: Italian in midtown west/ Hell's Kitchen
I've read and posted on one of the older Italian in Midtown West threads, but some of the thread's information is getting a little stale, so I thought I'd ask the question here.
If we're looking for red sauce-type restaurants near Broadway (within a brisk, 15 minute walk), which would you suggest? Right now, I'm considering Puttanesca and Bricco, and I'm open to any other suggestions or comments. I'd like a place that has several old school veal dishes on the menu. Bricco was looking like a good option, but it looks like they don't have many veal options on the menu. Thanks for any ideas.
For non-red sauce Italian restaurants in midtown west, we're considering seafood-focused Esca. There might be1 or 2 seafood-adverse people in our group. How are the non-seafood dishes at Esca? Are Esca's non-seafood dishes as decent as they'd be at most decent Italian restaurants in midtown west?
Ai Fiori is a nice place but would be over your bidget of $70 per person.
For accessible but good Chinese food outside of Chinatown, try Cafe China which is nicely decorated and not too loud.
For Tom Yum, try Zabb Elee in the East Village.
For unfussy, moderately priced New American food, my favorites are Marc Forgione, Monument Lane, Telepan, Hearth, and Mas La Grillade
For Mexican, you might like Yerba Buena Perry. Empellon is popular but quite loud.
For moderately priced French food in a sedate setting, I'd recommend la Silhouette, Benoit and Jean Claude.
For Greek, Kefi is good but quite noisy.
Thanks for all your suggestions and comments.
I'm hoping we have an opportunity to try Cafe China, which I think will work well for our group. If we end up dining mostly in the E and W 50s, we might try Szechuan Gourmet on W 56th.
Both Empellon locations look neat.
Do you prefer Empellon Taqueria or Empellon Cocina?
Looks like Benoit and La Silhouette will also be good, convenient options for our group.