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Tostadas at Tacombi
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Hi Stephanie, [sic]

I just read your piece sticking up for the Smith, as I received a recommendation from a colleague in NY as a spot to host a group dinner in September. We’ll have 35 employees in town on a Monday night for a casual, but fun experience.

Does anything spring to mind from Chelsea to Koreatown and down to the bottom of Madison Square Park that’s a bit more of an experience? It really doesn’t have to be fancy; I mean, I was considering a fun pizza or taco spot … basically we’re not looking for a $6k minimum spend!

Thanks for any thoughts you have, and if you think the Smith is the perfect spot for a group of out-of-towners I’ll take it!

Best,

Potential Smith acolyte

Hey Smithy!

Despite now forever being known as the president of the Smith’s fan club, I actually don’t think the American brasserie chain is the right venue for a party of 35. Especially if you want more of an experience — while the Smith is very hospitable, it’s pretty whitewashed.

Instead, what immediately springs to mind here is Tacombi. Fun, casual, and affordable all definitely apply to this New York City-based taco chain that evokes breezy Baja vibes. Plus, the Flatiron location is plenty big for a party of 35. Order a spread of tacos, served in housemade corn tortillas, quesadillas, and don’t skimp on the street corn with cotija cheese, smoky mayo, and dried chile pepper.

Have fun!

Stefanie

Tacombi

4749 Bethesda Avenue, , MD 20814 (301) 338-8958 Visit Website

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