The specs, yes the specs...I am hoping that the proven sharp minds and palates that frequent this site can provide some much needed insight into my little quandry...Thanks in advance!!!!
Background: taking my staff, a couple colleagues and my boss to dinner for our annual outing...Myself and my staff (who this really is for) is in their 20's and 30's. Colleages and boss in 40's and 50's
Back to the ole specs:
1/ Fabuloso food (preferably New American, Italian, possibly French, open to other ideas)
2/ Casual, fun yet very well informed (meaning the servers) vibe
3/ Price Range: Entrees in upper teens to low 20's
4/ Can seat a party up to 9 people together at...
5/ 4PM on a Monday
6/ Do not want to be limited to a prix fixe menu
7/ Wine list with some great less expensive offerings
Here are some initial thoughts...none are perfect though...
1/ Gramercy Tavern - Tavern room (no reservations and largest table is 7 people)
2/ Blue Ribbon - a teensy bit more expensive than i was hoping and largest table for 8
3/ Artisanal - again, a bit more expensive and not convinced that this would be the place for folks who are not neccesarily cheese afficiando's
4/ Lupa - my original choice, but it seems (frustratingly so) that they require a prix fixe menu (at 4 pm mind you!) if your party is larger than 6