#1) Dinner for 8 people in their late 20s - a going away party. The budget should be approximately $40-60 per person including drinks, tip etc, and the restaurant should be located downtown. It should be a cool atmosphere with good food (anything other than basic american fare) and great drinks. My own thoughts were Elephant (tight spacing), Il Bagatto (tough to get reservations), or Les Enfants Terribles. Other suggestions would very much appreciated.
#2) I need to take my boss out to dinner as a thank you. My dinner budget is about $200-$250 including cocktails, a bottle of wine and tip. My boss is on Atkins, so an Italian restaurant would be quite cruel, and I'd like to stay clear of traditional, testosterone-fueled steakhouses as she's female. My thoughts were Toqueville, davidburke & donatella, or Eleven Madison Park. Any other ideas would also be appreciated (or if I should avoid any of these, let me know).