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Good "celebrity chef" restaurant, not Babbo

marie | Jul 26, 2005 09:36 AM

Hi all, I'm slightly horrified that I even have to write this. I've been put in charge of finding a restaurant for 6-8 people, several picky and unadventurous eaters. Big celebratory dinner and we can spend $100-200/person, including drinks and tips. Here's the icky part -- the boss's wife wants to eat at a place w/ a "celebrity chef", and not a 'hound-type celebrity, but someone w/ a televised show or cookware line or the like. I suggested Craft, but Tom C. isn't "big time" enough for this woman. (Kill me now.) Even after explaining that the chef probably won't be in the kitchen and that, really, there are better places in the city, I've been told that the celebrity part of the request is not flexible.

At one point, this woman said, "It's too bad NYC isn't Vegas. At least there I've heard of the chefs at the expensive restaurants." As though Puck (ew) actually cooks there.

So, please help me either 1. Identify a "suitable" restaurant (and we can't get a table at Babbo) or 2. Come up w/ a better way of explaining that the celebrity chef thing is not the best way of picking a meal. TIA!

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