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Corton’s Tastings, Costata’s Ribeye: NYC Dine & Deal

June 05, 2013
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The era of corporate excess is over. Client dining is not.

This isn’t about frugality; it’s more about restraint. So if your company’s paying, consider the following venues for more judicious ways to wine and dine. (For a closer look into more New York venues, visit this slideshow.)

1. Ai Fiori: 400 Fifth Ave. Information: +1-212-613-8660;

What: French-Italian.

Why: Because Michael White, one of our leading Italian chefs, can crank out some solid truffled-lobster bisque and other Southern French hotel dishes.

Where: The Setai Fifth Avenue.

When: You need a quiet place near the Empire State Building. Four courses are $92; the tasting menu is $130. Sunday pasta menus are $72.

Bar: Yes.

Private Room: Around 12-32 people.

Sound level: Whisper-safe.


7. Costata: 206 Spring St. Information: +1-212-334-3320 or

What: Michael White’s first steakhouse.

Why: Because you want a chef with multiple Michelin stars overseeing your $116 porterhouse. White, New York’s foremost pasta chef, also serves his fine carbo-creations here, all for $21 or less each. Try the linguine with clams. Eben Freeman stirs a frosty Martini.

Where: The old Fiamma space in Soho.

When: Whenever you want a mind-altering ribeye, a dry-aged hunk of meat with notes of liver and blue cheese ($55). Refined carnivores should skip the bland, bone-in strip.

Bar: Yes, full menu.

Private Room: Yes, up to 60 guests.