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Feb 20, 2007 01:07 PM

b-day sugg's for family

I'm in a brain freeze.....looking for a place for this Sunday early dinner around 5PM. 10 people. Dad's 62nd birthday. Something downtown, nice ambience, maybe even a private room or unique table situation. Price not an issue. Food saavy family. Either Italian, Greek, or American food. Any sugg's?

We have done the Farmhouse at Palma many times and love it. Something similar would be great.

Thanks in advance

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  1. I have had several large family dinners at Crispo. They have a separate alcove area for parties of 10 that you can request when making your reservation. (I believe it is called the Empire room). Unfortunately, do not open until after 5:30 but if you can wait it may be worth it. The food is very good and it is a fun and lively atmosphere. We always enjoy our time there.

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    1. re: bobby06877

      Crispo was going to be my suggestion too.

    2. Not sure if this is far enough downtown for you, but Veritas starts serving at 5 p.m., and is a terrific place for a celebratory dinner. Superb New American cuisine. An extraordinary wine list. Excellent service. Small space with attractive, soothing contemporary decor.

      Across the street from Veritas is Parea, which serves delicious modern Greek cuisine. Huge space with stylish minimalist decor. They can easily handle a table of 10. I think they start serving at 5:30.

      Happy 62nd birthday to your Dad and Bon Appetit!

      1. i find veritas at times transcendent, in a single visit to parea it was unremarkable.

        1. I like Craft a lot, and the food portion is big so it is good for large group to share. But it is located on 43 E 19th St (Btwn Bway & Park Ave) so it is not really "Downtown", and it opens at 5:30pm. Around this area this also Gramery Tavern and Union Square Cafe

          A little further down I would recommend Del Posto which has impressive decor and Italian food. But be ready to spend a lot. Bouley, which is more of contemporary French, will be my choice in real downtown area (120 W. Bway)

          1. you guys are great! thanks for the suggestions. still not sure but, thanks for looking out