If you have clients staying near Union Square that you need to impress, taking them to Ayala would be a good idea. This place is big, and the ceilings are so tall that you can’t see them without trying. It would be easy to come here with a group from work - there are tables of all sizes - but if you just come here with one other person, grab a few seats at the bar. The menu here is mostly seafood, and beyond the typical raw oysters, they also have a seafood charcuterie plate - cured fish that would maybe only be more at home on a bagel - that’s great to split between a few people. If you’re thinking bigger options though, get the nori spaghettini with Dungeness crab. The nori is in the pasta and it makes it taste like the ocean but just the right amount.
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