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Jul 20, 2007 04:12 AM

birthday dinner for 80-year old

My dad turns 80 this October, and my siblings and I are looking for a restaurant that was founded around the same time he was born (or looks like it might have been). We'll be staying in/near the Theater district, and we will be a group of about 14. Any ideas?

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  1. Barbella maybe? Do i have the name right, Italian, authentic, aged and theatre distric. Rainbow Room, or Rainbow Grille, Rock Center. Sardi's? Lots of places in the TD have been around for many many years. hopefully you'll get some good recs.

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      1. The beautiful (and aging) restaurant in the theater district is Barbetta (a perfect spot for this celebration)...You could also try the jewel-like Trimophe on West 44th...Might also try the exceptional Picholine (near Lincoln Center). It has a lovely, timeless feel, with dynamic, contemporary cooking.

        1. It would be helpful to know your cuisine preferences and your per person budget. That said...

          Barbetta, located in a gorgeous townhouse, celebrated its 100th anniversary last year. I've not been, but the food gets mixed reviews.

          Keens has been in its 36th St. location, b/t 5th & 6th Avs., since 1885. In addition to delicious steaks, chops, etc., it retains its incomparable old NY ambiance -- walls filled with memorabilia and old clay smoking pipes suspended from all the ceilings. There are also pipes belonging to famous people in display cases in the lobby. While youngsters might not find those names familiar, your dad certainly will. There are also gorgeous private rooms if you want to go that route. The Lily Langtry would be perfect for a party your size.

          Gallagher's is a steakhouse that actually opened the year your dad was born: 1927. I've never eaten there, so I can't tell you how good the food is or what the atmospherics are like. Perhaps Hounds who have been will chime in.

          The famous 21 Club opened in 1929. Again, I've never been, but might be worth considering.

          Happy Birthday to your dad and Bon Appetit!

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