Private Room for About 75 on a Friday night
I've been researching private rooms in Manhattan for a Friday night. I would ideally like to spend less than $180/person (1 hour cocktail hour with open bar and hors deourves, three-course sit down meal with wine service). Ambience is definitely a priority. My tastes are very eclectic -- I like rooms that ae grand such as Eleven Madison Park, farmhouse rustic (AOC Bedford), quietly elegant (Wallse) and more sleek, modern (The Modern). I do not like rooms that are very stuffy (Lespinasse) or Victorian-like. The quality of food is very important. I am leaning towards New American (this is for a wedding reception -- so looking for something that can appeal to a wide range of tastes).
I would ideally like a private room as opposed to a restaurant buy-out -- costs can be really prohibitive. Lupa has a $35,000 restaurant buy-out cost -- and it only seats 70! That comes to $500/person.
I've discovered that the following restaurants do not do private parties: Babbo, Gramercy Tavern, Stanton Social, Hudson Cafeteria, Blue Ribbon. The following restaurants are too small: Harrison, AOC Bedford, Mas, 5 Ninth, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Salt, BLT Fish, Hearth. These restaurants exceeds my budget (either because of restaurant buy-out policies or it is just too expensive): Daniel, Danube, Cru, The Place, Alto.
I've narrowed it down to these for now:
Tocqueville (however, limit is 70 people; no breathing room in terms of guest list)
Astra (not private room, but Charlie Palmer's catering thing)
Dish (catering thing -- used to be a restaurant)
Wallse (limit is 70)
I've also thought about renting a space and using Abigail-Kirsch -- although I've never tried her food and have no clue what her fees are.
I would love any opinions or feedback you may have. Thanks!
75 is a very large party.
I know that City Hall in Tribeca has a very large downstairs room . . . I have used it. But I am not sure it will sit that many.
I'm not sure why you say Astra is not a private room. I've been there a few times for lunch. It's one large, attractive room with a terrific view and a terrace. In the evening, it's used strictly for private functions, and I imagine when it's all decked out, it would have a very elegant feel. And Charlie Palmer's food is not too shabby. So, if the cost would fit your budget, I think it would be an excellent spot.
The Tasting Room that recently opened on Elizabeth St. is an option. I'm pretty sure their new restaurant can accomidate 100 people and they have a solid wine list and great greenmarket fare. Best of luck,
Wallse has delicious food! and can be excellent for small parties, although it seems to be small for your guest list. If you had room to budge on that, I'd say go there.
Tribeca Grill, however is also amazing! and might be able to accomodate your group.
Either way, that's what i would pick ;)
I think the whole Abigail Kirsch route could end up being cost prohibitive...Have you thought about one of the private rooms at Blue Water Grill? They were so accomodating when my parents made a sizable birthday dinner for me there.