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Office Holiday Party - 50 or 60 people - Midtown (East pref.)

I am responsible for organizing my company's holiday party.

We are located in the East 40s @ Madison Ave. It's easiest if everyone can walk from work to the venue.

The usual MO is an open bar and buffet at a boring bar. I'd like to spice things up a bit this year.

The food has to be good, but can't be too fancy. The employees are not all foodies!

I'm probably looking to stay in the $60/pp range for alcohol and food. Anyone have any good suggestions?

TIA!

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  1. I've never been to English is Italian, but it might be a workable option for your group.

    http://www.chinagrillmgt.com/englishI...

    1. Thanks. I just saw an ad for it the other day and thought it looked interesting. Good idea!

      1. How about Metrazur in Grand Central? I've been for a private party, and it was nice.

        1. Just put in a call to them - that would be a fun venue.

          I'm curious to see what kind of pricing they give - $60 or $70 pp is hard to come by!

          1. For something a little different, what about Divine Bar? They have more of a tapas-style menu and offer flights of wine or beer.

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            1. re: lisette

              I highly recommend that you do NOT use Divine Bar. We had our office party there last year and it was terrible.

              We are doing ours at Silverleaf Tavern this year in the 70 Park Avenue Hotel. The food we tasted was great, and the space is quite classy.

            2. Does Divine Bar also offer a full service bar?

              Most places seem to be about $100/head.
              I'm actually thinking about skipping the "open bar" piece and just trying to run a tab.

              1. How much are you paying and what are you getting?

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                1. re: ashulman

                  It's $100/head but we are having full open bar and full dinner (3 apps, salad, main course, 2 sides, dessert.) If you wanted to do a tab, they could probably accomodate that. The food is good but also accessible to non-foodie type people.

                2. If you haven't already booked a place, I threw a party at Heartland Brewery. I know it seems 'cheap' for an office party but it was a great venue with three private rooms you can connect in the back that would fit the bill. I paid $35 a person (20 people) which included appetizers, salad, main course, sides AND dessert). This was before the tax/extra service charge percentages, which wound up being around $42 a person all in.

                  1. Intersting ----
                    At Silver Leaf, for 3 hrs of open bar and a 3 course menu, we were quoted $149/pp.
                    Way out of our budget :(

                    1. Tao is a good spot for a corporate event. We have had a few there, and they will work with you for special menus and the space is big and fun atmosphere.

                      1. Very expensive...
                        I'm trying to stay around $70 or $80 per person.

                        1. I know it is a little cheesy, but has anyone ever done an event at Dave & Busters?

                          1. Becco has private rooms within your budget.