I'm helping a colleague plan a 2-day event for some corporate clients that are flying in from France this summer. On one of the evenings (midweek), they're looking for a dinner venue for about 15 people. Here are the criteria:
1) Excellent food (of course) and excellent, professional service - need a venue that consistently gets it right, not a place with hit and miss service (eg. Didier, George).
2) Atmospheric room - could be a private room or a section in a restaurant with privacy.
3) Extensive wine list.
4) Cheese selection.
This crowd leans more towards classic/old world rather than new/trendy with a preference for French cuisine. They will want to see foie gras and beef on the menu. Price is no object. Bonus points for a venue with a maitre d' or chef that speaks French.
So far, my short list consists of:
Splendido - seems to hit all of the criteria, though I haven't been there in years. Anyone eaten in their private room?
Truffles - I've only been there once for lunch. Not sure if the room is atmospheric enough.
The Fifth - Who is cooking there these days? Consistent?
Thuet - will wait to try it and hear feedback from others.
Bymark - never been.
Would love to hear your feedback. Thanks.