$100pp (including wine) tasting menu for 10?
I am organizing a celebratory dinner for about ten 30-something new york women. We would like to experience culinary treats, drink a good amount of decent wine and possibly champagne at a restaurant where we will fit in wearing stylish cocktail dresses or something more casual also. A tasting menu, if affordable, is preferred but any other recommendations would be great as well. The evening will be the weekend of may 19th. Food is a priority, a lively atmosphere but not too loud comes second. Any suggestions? Thank you.
The chef's table at Barbutto is a lot of fun... I went with 7 friends on a Saturday night recently, we drank plenty of good wine and got out of there for $85 pp including 20% auto grat. The food was rustic, plentiful, and very tasty. The atmosphere is casual, lively, Meat Packing District style.
I suggest the enoteca tasting menu ($45 without wine) at Del Posto. The magnificent decor is something that is worth dressing up for. Food from Batali's kitchen, in my experience, has always been a treat. Reservation for 10 people will definitely be needed in advance.
Another option that is more casual yet still with excellent food is Telepan. 4-course prix-fix is $59 and $95 with wine. Substitution for courses with a minimal charge.
You can view their menu on Menupages.com (or use the links there to go to their official websites)