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HELP--need reasonably priced place in Manhattan for 60th birthday brunch for approx 40 adults

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Waited to the last minute--so now in hot water. Need place for a Sunday January 60th birthday brunch/lunch. Can not afford too expensive--but want a good value. Wonder if can "buy-out" a small restaurant. Not opposed to private room alternative but so far, private rooms seen have been very expensive and not well decorated. Recommendations/suggestions greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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  1. It would be helpful if we knew what cuisines you prefer and exactly how tight your budgetary constraints are. That said...

    Rene Pujol, the French restaurant, serves excellent food and has a private party space that can accommodate up to 40 people.

    http://www.renepujol.com

    Cibo serves very good New American/Tuscan cuisine and has very attractive decor. It's a large place consisting of two dining spaces + a separate bar room. They do private functions and, for a party of your size, you would have one of the dining areas all to yourselves.

    http://cibonyc.com

    1. Budget is about $2000 including food, drinks, taxes, gratuities etc. Of course, would prefer to spend less. American, French, Italian, Eastern European or any other not too spicy cuisine would be good. Several of the friends/family are foodies but for most the ambiance and decor is probably of equal importance provided food is at least not bad.

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      1. re: ladyb

        That comes to around $50pp. Re: the two restaurants I suggested. The cuisines fit your preferred categories and, in both cases, the food they serve is very good. As far as cost goes, that all depends on what kind of items you want on your menu, as well as on your drinks list. I'm sure these places will try to work with you in finding a way to make it all fit your budgetary constraints.