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Warm, intimate Italian for Party of 10

Marya Jul 25, 2007 08:37 AM

I'm planning a surprise party for my mom, who'll be flying to Manhattan for her birthday weekend. Price and neighborhood not major concerns, but must meet the following criteria:

1) Authentic Italian: non-cheesy yet unpretentious;

2) Although I guess I won't be able to find a private room for a party of 10 (though I'd love one), I wouldn't want the sort of place where the tables are too close together, as there will be all kinds of surprise-related gasps and hollers at our table, and I want this to have an intimate feel; and

3) A celebratory place worthy of the occasion (everyone's coming from all over the country for this surprise: doesn't matter if it's quintessencially Manhattan or just new/hip, but must be memorable).

Really appreciate your thoughts... Thanks in advance.

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  1. LeahBaila RE: Marya Jul 25, 2007 09:28 AM


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      Lucia RE: Marya Jul 25, 2007 11:24 AM

      I second the recommendation for Crispo. They even have a small private alcove that wouold probably fit your group.

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        Will4Food RE: Marya Jul 25, 2007 11:26 AM

        Try the back room at LUPA...LOVE THIS PLACE...Far superior than Crispo.

        1. egit RE: Marya Jul 25, 2007 03:28 PM

          For intimate, how about Il Buco? The food there is very good, IMO. Some people don't love it. You may want to do a search on it here.

          For really excellent food, how about A Voce?

          If people are flying in from out of town, I'd probably go a little more upscale than either Lupa or Crispo... very VERY solid places, but a little mid-range for a transcontinental flight.

          1. bigmackdaddy RE: Marya Jul 25, 2007 03:38 PM

            I reluctantly say Florio's on Grand and Mott. I say reluctantly because even though I think they make great red sauce dishes and a killer seafood and/or scungilli-calamari salad, it's the last of the cigar bars. Even though they have a non-smoking section the smoke still seeps in. Thoughts?

            1. jinet12 RE: Marya Jul 26, 2007 08:01 AM

              Il Cortile in the garden room...

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