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Nice / Cool place needed for 15 people for an after-wedding Dinner!

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My friend is getting married in late Feb, and I'm trying to help her pick a place for a dinner. She's having a small wedding, and would like a semi-private or private room for a post-wedding dinner.

The groom really likes Mexican food, but if that's too informal, Italian, or Asian are also good options.
Prices should be moderate.

There will be around 15 guests, some from overseas, so a great atmosphere would be cool also. The restaurant can be in either Manhattan or Brooklyn.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Try a family-style Italian restaurant like Totonno's. There are 2 locations in the city.

    1. From my experience at the 26th St. location, I don't think Totonno's is special enough for a post-wedding dinner.

      Since the groom prefers Mexican...

      Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., is not a tacos/enchiladas-style restaurant. Rather, they serve more sophisticated -- and delicious! -- modern Mexican cuisine with an emphasis on fish and seafood. The space is very attractive, the vibe is upbeat and, acc. to their website, they will reserve a special area of the restaurant for the private party.

      http://www.modernmexican.com/Pampano

      1. Since you are also interested in Brooklyn, I'd suggest you also ask this question on the Outer Boroughs board as you are bound to get a number of suggestions there (like, for instance, Convivium Osteria). Also, it might be useful on both boards to give a price range per person.

        1. The best Mexican would be Rosa Mexicana but it can be a bit pricey. Maybe try Zarela on 2nd and 50th. They have an upstairs - perhaps you could take that part of the restaurant for your group?

          1. Check out Al Di La. I had my 60th birthday dinner there last night in the wine bar for 14 people. It was fantastic. Of course, the food is always excellent, but the space also served us well. There were people at the wine bar, but they were up front, while we had a nice intimate spot in the back and hardly noticed the others.