I've been asked to make a dinner reservation for my boss, who is the Head of our department Global operation, and a co worker. While this task doesn't sound daunting, my Boss has normally never had dinner with us for a while, maybe a year, due to some personal reasons.
Being a chowhound, this shouldn't be a problem, expect that my Boss is a traditional Steak/American fare/old-school Italian kind of guy, who loves Steak but not a Wine lover. So any suggestion for French, Spanish, any exotic or ethnic foods are out of the questions and restaurants with too much twists and modern, albeit being top notch such as Veritas are out of the questions. The place needs to have excellent bar for serving top notch cognag or whiskey.
Combine these restrictions, with the facts that he doesn't want to go to the regular Steak restaurants we always visit for lunches or when he meets clients for business dinner events, so... Smith & Wollensky, Sparks, Del Frisco, Keens, Mortons, Ruth Chris, BLT Steak, Palms, are out of the questions as well. He wants me to look for something more haute, modern, and new, but at the same time not too European or Electic, offering something that are still American, the same thing with Italian, so Babbo, Lupa, Del Posto, or some sorts are also out.
One more thing, this guy doesn't eat seafood but my co-worker doesn't particularly like meats or steaks.
I'm thinking about something that serves excellent meat dishes, while at the same time offering something else with good quality but doesn't have the old, traditional steakhouse vibes, so I was thinking about some of these places...
Eleven Madison Park
Union Square Cafe
But I need suggestions for newer places because he's been to these places. any suggestions ? maybe for Italians ?