Quiet Saturday Supper near Grand Central
We will be meeting a friend coming in from the burbs for an early dinner on Saturday evening near GCT. Looking for a suggestion of a civilized location for this meal - very good food, and a place where we will be able to sit and sip our wine and talk for at least a couple of hours without feeling pushed.
This is not my turf - thinking possibly Le Mangeoire (a little far away from GCT) or even Smorgaschef- we are catholic in our tastes so any place (other than Japanese or Thai, too iffy with our guest) that meets our quality and ambiance considerations would be a possible candidate.
re: jen kalb
Disclaimer: I've only ever eaten lunches but each over 10 times.
I like their PAPPARDELLE CON RAGÚ D’AGNELLO
The BF likes the SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE
At Ammos the grilled whole fish is the way to go.
There's also Benjamin's steakhouse. Petite Sirloin. I like their steak much more than Capital Grille.
I worked in Chrysler building and lunched out a lot in that area.
If the weather is nice and you don't mind walking take a trek down Lex to Da Ciro on Lex and 34th. Quiet, comfortable place with excellent Italian food.
+1 for Osteria Laguna (which I prefer to da Ciro).
I don't know Andaz other than for brunch, where it excels.
My only additional suggestion -given your "catholic tastes" and the need not to feel pushed- is the Capital Grille, on 42nd btw. Lex & Third. Something for everyone on a menu of pretty straighforward cuisine, a very good wine list, a comfortable space neither more nor less 'corporate' than what's been suggested so far (for that neighbourhood, anyway), and certain to be mellow on a Saturday evening. Maybe a tad pricey, but reliable.
re: Phil Ogelos
thanks for weighing in -what do you like at Osteria Laguna? - the menu does not read all that Venetian.
Wondered how people would take my "catholic tastes" remark by which I intended to mean that we like all sorts of cuisines ! Ive been to a Capital Grille on a business trip a few years ago and was actually very favorably impressed - it did not have a chain feel. I recall a fried squid with cherry peppers that was pretty damn good, the equal of some chinatown versions.
But since our guess is a fairly light eater, and I recall a large serving size at Capital Grill,I think thats not a great fit this time round!
Are any of the "Little Brasil" places recommendable at this point? I wouldnt be a shame to pack up a doggy bag over there.
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