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Help my near-perfect attempt for a 10-top

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jaypeterbrandt May 1, 2007 08:07 PM

Specifically:

A place that will accommodate a group of 10 (even grudgingly is ok)

Won't mind a group of 10 getting a little loud on Sat. May 5th around 8/9ish (hopefully a place where there are a few other tables being a tad loud as well)

The decor isn't overbearlingly polite/beautiful/features falling water

Serves ok to decent to very good food

Serves better drinks/beer/cocktails

Mid-range pricing (8-15 app, 20-35 entree)

Is NOT above 23rd.

Is maybe a little gastropubby.

Is NOT going to be crowded with a "cinco de mayo" crowd.

Is not Agave.

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    kobetobiko RE: jaypeterbrandt May 1, 2007 10:13 PM

    May be you can try E.U.? They have a variety of European beers and is fairly "gastro-pubby" Food is around your price range.

    1. ow77 RE: jaypeterbrandt May 1, 2007 10:26 PM

      You can try Alta on W10th St. You can order their whole menu for $330. It's a lot fun of as they keep bringing food to the table. And it's definitely enough food for 10 people.
      www.altarestaurant.com

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        snaporaz RE: jaypeterbrandt May 2, 2007 05:55 AM

        Landmarc in Tribeca will do a 10-top (that's the limit) and should fit your bill. Drinks-wise their focus is on wine, but they have cocktails and beer as well. As far as loudness, it gets pretty busy, but I don't think they'll go for one of those LIttle Italy bachelor/bachelorette party type of scenes (what's the name of that terrible restaurant?).

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          kobetobiko RE: snaporaz May 2, 2007 06:47 AM

          "that terrible restaurant?" --> Stanton Social ?

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            foodie4life RE: kobetobiko May 2, 2007 06:59 AM

            Alta is a great idea though it may be way too late for a reservation for 10 for this Saturday. How about 'Inoteca? They have a private space you can reserve. Do Hwa is affordable and tasty Korean in the west village, they have a bunch of large tables as well.

        2. erin07nyc RE: jaypeterbrandt May 2, 2007 07:18 AM

          Do Hwa is fun, and Alta might be able to fit the group - it's worth a try.

          I also wanted to note Lederhosen. It's under your budget, it does get loud, the food is very good (but only german and not super-veg friendly), but we always have a great time and the beer selection is great. They will set you up with a picnic table and add one or two 2-tops to extend it.

          1. ronoc RE: jaypeterbrandt May 2, 2007 07:58 AM

            What about Lucky Strike, the oldest branch of the McNally "empire."

            I just saw somewhere they got a new chef, though he isn't changing the menu - just spicing up the nightly specials. They make good drinks and have decent to good food without the Pastis/Balthazar mark-up. I've been there on a Saturday with 8 people before with minimal trouble. On Grand and W. Broadway. For alternatives right near that corner that shouldn't be too crazy for a big group on Sat, also look into Corio (small plates), Papatzul (Mexican small plates), and Cafe Noir. All have decent, if not remarkable, food.

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              ballulah RE: ronoc May 2, 2007 08:18 AM

              I would second ronoc's recommendation for Cafe Noir. Amidst the chaos that always seems to reign there, the staff have large groups down to a science. I once brought a nightmare-ish crew of 15 there one night, and 7 people got there early (and were seated immediately and orders taken, excellent cocktails and wine on the table within 5 minutes), 4 people arrived within a half hour of our reservation time (ditto on the original 7 whose food was already rolling out by that time), and another 6 people rolled in whenever they felt like it and called 4 more people to come by (yes, yes, I know that's more than 15, but that's the number we started with). Everyone was seated immediately, got food and drinks right away, and the servers were never snarky or rude, nothing but pleasant and accomodating, and we bombarded those poor people with requests for more food and drink. We stayed about 4 hours and left a very large tip. I personally love the food, it's by far my favorite late-night option if I'm looking for a place to sit back with friends and end the night with snacks and good wine. They serve Moroccan influenced tapas, all very tasty, good portions, and reasonably priced. I'm suddenly having visions of their tuna tartare with avocado, and the falafel crusted calamari, and the Morrocan pizza.

              Don't be fooled by the crush of people at the bar, make a reservation for one of the nooks in the back, and push your way through the crowd to get back there and relax.

              http://www.cafenoirny.com/

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                erin07nyc RE: ballulah May 2, 2007 11:36 AM

                Yes - I went to a birthday party here and it worked great! there were definitely more than 12 of us, many arrived at different times, and everyone was happy. The table mostly shared sangria, but the cocktails we ordered came out fast, too.

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