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Brunch for 40

Produce Addict Mar 26, 2007 12:14 PM

I'm planning a Sunday brunch (june) for 40-50 people, with a budget of $25-$30 pp (not including tax, tip, or alcohol). I'd love any suggestions for locales that would fit that budget. Anywhere in Manhattan is ok, but downtown is preferred. I've already contacted:

Battery Gardens
Stanton Social
City Crab
Park Bistro
(As you can see pretty negotiable on decor).

Also, The Place on W. 10th is in that price range. Anyone eaten there? I'd love any feedback.

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    RGR Mar 26, 2007 01:55 PM

    I can see why Park Bistro would be out. They're no longer open on Sunday.

    It would be helpful if you would tell us what problems, if any, there are with the others. I would have thought Cibo would work. Or are you looking for something in particular that those listed can't provide?

    That said, I'll throw out another possibility: Gascogne, on 8th Av., b/t 17th & 18th Sts. The food's delicious, their 3-course brunch prix-fixe is $17.50, and since you're doing this in June, you can take advantage of their truly charming garden.


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      Produce Addict Mar 26, 2007 02:23 PM

      Thanks so much for the suggestion!

      Sorry should have been clearer, I haven't heard back yet from Cibo, so they might work, same with City Crab.

      Gascogne sounds lovely but they would like a $1500 space rental fee (in addition to the fairly moderate cost of brunch). Battery, Stanton, and Park Bistro (closed but would open for a fancy enough event) were too expensive.

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      Produce Addict Mar 27, 2007 09:24 AM

      Replying to my own email again, hoping this will inspire any more comments. Both Cibo and The Place are in the price range so unless chowhounds can come up with any suggestions I am choosing between those. Any thoughts on which is better re food, ambience, etc?

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        RGR Mar 27, 2007 10:31 AM

        I've never been to The Place, but I have been to Cibo, albeit not recently. Unless something has changed dramatically, the food has always been nicely prepared and delicious. The space is large -- two dining areas + a separate bar room -- and the decor is very attractive. I presume they will be turning over one of the dining spaces to you completely for your party.

        Regardless of which you choose, I hope the party turns out well

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        RJ1980 Mar 27, 2007 10:01 AM

        Opia on Lex and 57th offers a seated, 3-course prix fixe brunch for large groups starting at $25/person (there are a few menus to choose from). I have actually never eaten there, but the restaurant is beautiful and I have heard the food is good.

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          Produce Addict Mar 30, 2007 12:26 PM

          Thanks! They got back to me and they are in my prcie range (Cibo, upon further calculation, is not). Anyone know anything about them?

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            LFeinberg Mar 30, 2007 12:31 PM

            About Opia?

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              RGR Mar 30, 2007 02:01 PM

              I haven't been to Opia, but a quick search for past posts shows pretty much negative reactions. http://www.chowhound.com/search?item_...

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                LFeinberg Mar 30, 2007 02:15 PM

                I've only gotten drinks at Opia...the space is lovely, though I'm not sure about the food.

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              taraxstar Mar 30, 2007 07:07 PM

              As an event coordinator, I have done quite a few things with Opia and I love them for exactly this type of thing.

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                Produce Addict Apr 2, 2007 01:51 PM

                Thanks for the response. Ever done anything at Sosa Borella? The choice is between Sosa Borella, The Place, Opia, and the River Room of Harlem.

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                  LFeinberg Apr 2, 2007 01:53 PM

                  Sosa Borella is now closed.

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                    Produce Addict Apr 2, 2007 02:21 PM

                    They have a location in the theatre district. Not sure if it related to the tribeca location but it is definitely not closed, since they have sent me menus!

                    BTW Beacon is unfortunately too expensive, starting in the mid-30s

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                      LFeinberg Apr 2, 2007 02:26 PM

                      Wow, very interesting info! It must be the Tribeca location that closed.

            3. LFeinberg Mar 27, 2007 06:12 PM

              Check out "Beacon."

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