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Looking for a restaurant near 40 king street west for a dinner with colleagues. Inventive, trendy atmosphere, any cuisine.
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  1. Richmond Station

    1. For me Richmond Station's atmosphere just isn't right for a business dinner. It just seems overly casual and cramped. Everyone is different though so you may want to check out some of the pics online.
      My pick would be the Chase if you want something new and trendy with great food in a more polished atmosphere.

      1. I don't like The Chase, but - personal opinions aside - it's a nice space with good enough and accessible luxury food.

        For a more casual atmosphere, I do like Richmond Station and, for something more adventurous, Momofuku Daisho is very good.

        1. I can't think of anything "inventive" in the financial district.

          Chase is THE spot for bay st if you want a trendy atmosphere, food is okay and nice view.
          Canoe has better food IMO, but less trendy, great view.
          Bymark is safest for your clientele.

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          1. re: Apprentice

            You don't think Daisho is inventive?

            1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

              I was working with the assumption that trishottawa was looking or something more formal/appropriate for business clientele (i.e. men would be dressed with jackets). To answer you question yes, I think Daisho or Shoto would apply for inventiveness. Shoto's table arrangement is not very good for groups of 3+. Daisho seems too casual.

              1. re: Apprentice

                Got it.

                It fits with "inventive" and "trendy" and is probably more formal than Chase Fish and Oyster (not Chase upstairs) and even a hair more formal than Richmond Station. I've certainly seen tables of suits at Daisho.

                Nota Bene is actually a very good option as well. It's on the fringe of the Financial District, but fits very well with trishottawa's criteria. And it's better than anywhere else down there.

                1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                  Good point!
                  Agree. Note Bene is an excellent option as well.

          2. Drake 150?

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            1. re: childofthestorm

              No. Please, do not take anyone you want to impress, or have an ongoing professional relationship with to Drake 150.

              Chase (upstairs), Nota Bene, Bymark, canoe are your best bets. George if they are *really* good clients, but that is a bit further out.

              Rodney's or John & Sons if they like seafood and you wants something a bit more casual.

              1. re: CocoaChanel

                OP listed "trendy" as one of the asks. Your suggestions are not so much on the trendy thing?

            2. My financial industry husband entertains his clients at the Chase and Momofuku if he wants to 'woo' them.

              1. VICTOR on Mercer Street. LUMA @ TIFF Bell Lightbox.