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moderate dinner for out of towner Wednesday night

Hi hounds- I have an old friend coming n from out of town and she's taking me and another friend out for dinner on her expense account. I don't wish to be greedy or take advantage, but want to go somewhere that's nice where we can enjoy sitting for a while. I don't really know what her tastes are like. I'd like to go somewhere downtown. I'm not sure what price range would feel right and not like a tacky grab at her expense account! Any thoughts?

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  1. Just to clarify, is this dinner tomorrow?

    This will influence where you'll be able to go since you'll be limited in where you can grab a reservation.

    Are you willing to eat early? Wait for a table? The front room at Gramercy Tavern might work...

    I see some availability on OpenTable at Colicchio & Sons Tap Room and Hearth, but of which seem pretty accessible / safe, if you are comfortable with the pricing.

    Perilla? The Dutch?

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    1. re: kathryn

      +1 Gramercy Tavern, the food and service are both lovely.

      I've only been to Dutch once but I was seriously underwhelmed by the food. I was looking forward to the lauded fried chicken and found it dry, unimpressive as were the other dishes I tried including lobster that was oversauced and lacking in lobster flavor. Nothing tasted particularly good or memorable.

    2. Yes, tomorrow night. I think she wants to meet at 8.

      The front room of Gramercy Tavern looks like a good idea!

      1. Colliccio & Sons seems a bit expensive, but I can suggest it on the higher end. I'd like to give her a range of suggestions.

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        1. re: luckiestduck

          Did you look at the Tap Room or the Dining Room? Tap Room is going to be a bit less expensive.

          Perhaps you can ask if she has a cuisine preference?

        2. Any slightly lower range suggestions to add?

          1. Assuming you can get reservations, how about Contra? Tasting menu for 55/person seems more than reasonable for most Manhattan expense accounts.