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?
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?
+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.
Yes, tomorrow night. I think she wants to meet at 8.
The front room of Gramercy Tavern looks like a good idea!
Assuming you can get reservations, how about Contra? Tasting menu for 55/person seems more than reasonable for most Manhattan expense accounts.