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Business Dnner 34th and Lex

Scott_C Sep 25, 2012 10:23 AM

Looking for a fairly low key restaurant for a business dinner within walking distance (5 blocks or so) of 34th and Lex.

The NoMad and Millesime were deemed too loud, and Ai Fiori is too pricey. We're looking for main courses below $35. I thought of Riverpark but it is a bit of a hike. I'd appreciate any other ideas, preferably American, French or Italian, nothing too adventurous. Thanks!

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  1. Motosport RE: Scott_C Sep 25, 2012 10:41 AM

    Riverpark is closer than you think. 10 minute walk.
    DaCiro or ITrulli are both good.
    There is also Le Petit Auberge which gets good reviews but I have no personal experience.

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      Scott_C RE: Motosport Sep 25, 2012 10:44 AM

      La Petit Auberge closed last year and I think it's now an Indian resto. I Trulli looks great - I forgot about it. Thanks man.

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        Motosport RE: Scott_C Sep 25, 2012 12:05 PM

        I knew that!!! Ouch!!
        I meant Chez Le Chef on Lex

    2. ellenost RE: Scott_C Sep 25, 2012 12:12 PM

      What about Villa Berulia on 34th Street between Lex and Park? I haven't dined there in many years, but I remember it being a traditional-style Italian restaurant that was quiet.

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        Scott_C RE: ellenost Sep 25, 2012 12:32 PM

        I'll look into it. Thanks!

        Do you know anything about Artisanal?

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          LeahBaila RE: Scott_C Sep 25, 2012 12:38 PM

          It's a bit on the loud side, otherwise I would have recommended it for you.
          Perhaps look in to Madison Bistro?

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            ellenost RE: LeahBaila Sep 25, 2012 01:02 PM

            Although I've never been to Artisanal for dinner, it's very noisy at brunch. Food is quite good.

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              TitoSofrito RE: ellenost Sep 26, 2012 07:14 PM

              Artisanal can get a little loud during dinner, but I don't think it's too overbearing. Food is better than Madison Bistro.

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        churros RE: Scott_C Sep 25, 2012 02:00 PM

        I second the Da Ciro rec. Excellent food, especially the pastas. Quiet and comfortable rustic feel.

        I Trulli might work too. It has nicer decor than Da Ciro and might better suit your business dinner. I haven't been in 2-3 years but remember the food was decent.

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          Scott_C RE: Scott_C Sep 27, 2012 07:52 AM

          Thanks everyone for your input. We're leaning towards I Trulli but I might drop by Artisanal this evening just to see how loud it is. We'll report back.

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            Motosport RE: Scott_C Sep 27, 2012 08:06 AM

            The last time we had dinner @ Artisnal we sat back in the corner and the noise was at a reasonable level. You could take a look and request a special table.
            Then again, Da Ciro seems perfect.

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            Scott_C RE: Scott_C Oct 2, 2012 10:05 AM

            We ended up at Artisanal for an early dinner. The restaurant was actually pretty quiet and only started to fill up after 7:30 or so. Everyone loved the food especially the wild mushroom risotto and the gnocchi, The cheese plate - Queso de Valdeón, Époisses de Bourgogne, and Sainte-Maure de Touraine - was fabulous!

            A few days earlier my girlfriend and I tried I Trulli which was really lovely. We'll definitely return soon. Thanks again for the recommendations.

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