I will be attending a convention next week and have two choices for Saturday night, both fully comped by my host (pharmaceutical rep).
The first option is dinner with a good friend of mine and his wife, along with the rep (who I don't know), at L'Atelier at 7:30. Supposedly this rep enjoys fine wine and has no problem dropping $100 or more on a bottle.
Option two is a late dinner (10:15) at N9NE, as well as being put on the guest list at Ghost Bar for drinks before (and after I assume). This dinner is with a rep I know and several other people from Texas who I may or may not know.
I think this is a no brainer given that I love interesting food (especially tasting menus) and given my social position (married in mid-40's) I won't be taking advantage of the ghost bar privelege.
Any opinions or am I crazy for even thinking about passing on the L'Atelier option?