Thursday, July 23, 2009

Restaurant: Avra, New York City

Restaurant: Avra Estiatorio
Web Site:
Address: 141 East 48th Street, New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 759-8550

There on business, meal with colleagues. Lots of seafood, including types imported from the Mediterranean that I never heard of. Great service, great food, super ambiance. They have a small courtyard back off the street with outdoor dining - creates a real nice atmosphere - although it was raining a little so no one was sitting out there.

Didn't scan the wine list, just a glass of Pinot Grigio which is a summertime favorite. Fresh pita bread, hummus, olives, placed on the table to start. Couldn't ask for a nicer business meal.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Restaurant: Daily Grill, Tysons Corner, VA

Restaurant: Daily Grill, Tyson's Corner
Web Site:
Address: 2001 International Drive, McLean, VA
Phone: (703) 288-5100

Daily Grill has a number of locations in the DC area. This one is in the Tyson's Galleria shopping center, AKA Tyson's 2, AKA the New Tyson's.

It's a nice facility, and pretty large including outdoor seating if you want to watch a parking lot. We're usually there pre-concert, so well ahead of any crowd. The service is always good while not being too much, the background music is nice, and the volume level works well for conversation.

The menu is very large and varied, so its a good place to go with a group that doesn't agree on choices. It would be pretty difficult to not find something you like on the menu. The menu ranges from bar food like burgers up through steaks and seafood dishes. Prices are reasonable, but this wouldn't be considered a low cost place.

Martini was off-the-hook good, too. So few places know how to make a good Martini since vodka became popular.

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