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Seeking place for a great work lunch in midtown

graysmudge | May 8, 200812:33 PM

The editor of a fancy magazine wants to take me out to lunch next week to discuss work (I'm a freelance writer.) He's from LA and doesn't know the city at all so asked for a restaurant suggestion somewhere in the general midtown area (could be anywhere from Bryant Park to Columbus Circle.) As a food nut who rarely gets treated to a nice meal I'm looking for someplace that's really excellent -- but not so expensive that he feels like I'm just soaking him for a free lunch. It also has to have an atmosphere amenable to discussing work -- ie, not some jostling, cacophonous joint that doesn't take reservations where you have to wait forever for a table. Friends have suggested the new Blue Ribbon near Columbus Circle or the prix-fixe lunch at Jean-Georges ... thoughts on those? Other ideas?

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