Birthday Dinner for 12 - Kado, Izaka-ya, Tokyo Table, Gonpachi, Celadon
Which of these would be the best choice for a birthday dinner for 12 people? In terms of ambiance, space, food, price?
3. Tokyo Table
I love Celadon. Great food and interesting drinks. It's a good space and they have a room that can house a large table for a party. I was there last Saturday night and there were two parties about the size you are describing in the room.
Pricewise, it's not cheap. We had dinner for four and ate a ton -- 10 plates (including five of the entrees) plust two desserts to share -- and each had two cocktails. Total was about $85 per person before tax.
I would choose Celadon... Just a great fun space and interesting food choices. Gonpachi did absolutely nothing for us...
The Teppen table at Kado was fun --- but I think it only fits 8 people. The restaurant is huge, so I'm sure they could accomodate 12 people in one of their various rooms. The food was pretty good and we loved the sake sampler
Celadon is great- the food is good, fun to share and atmopshere is very lovely. I'd skip Gonpachi right now as they are having MAJOR staffing issues- most of the top level staff have quit and they've had to bring in a new team. I'm dying to go but will wait for a couple of months- I love Gonpachi in Tokyo.......
After what happened on Mother's Day at Gonpachi, meaning the entire staff walked out en masse, another suggestion might be appropriate. they say they have fixed things, but since the place is 11,000 square feet, and the event was only a coupla days more than two weeks ago, I would stick to hoping Celadon would be your answer and not relying on their ability to train enough personnel to fully staff a place of this size.