Italian birthday dinner for a large group
This is my first time posting. I know that the "group dining" question has been asked a thousand times but I figure since I have my own specifics I might as well post again. My husband's birthday is at the end of the month. There are going to be about 20+ people. I know he wants Italian, but he wants really good Italian. We got back from our honeymoon in Florence and Rome a few months ago, and we'd both really like to pretend we were back there eating during this meal. Location isn't terribly important, so probably anywhere in Manhattan is fine. It's probably best if the entrees were around or less than $25 each so we can all splurge on apps and wine. It needs to have great food, and good wine, and it obviously has to be able to accommodate a large group of people with hopefully a nice atmosphere. Any suggestions? We went to a dinner part at Uva last year and we really enjoyed the private dining we experienced in the cellar, but I'd like to avoid repeating restaurants. This board is great, and I look forward to your ideas!
Villa Mosconi on McDougall has a back room that probably holds that many persons. Maybe they rent it out, you could call and ask them. I loved their food and the waiters are really nice.
There is Campanile on 29th between Madison and park avenue south. They have a back room but I don't know if it fits 25 people. The food is excellent there and the owner always makes you feel welcome.
I'm not a local but on CH advice, we had a bachelorette party at Piccolo Angolo a couple of years ago. It was wonderful, and I really wish I could have enticed this dainty-appetitie crew to go for the family style menu, which at the time was about $60pp and evidently included a cavalcade of food and wine. Even without that, the food was wonderful and the owner was a charmer. We left feeling like we'd been at our Italian uncle's house for dinner.
I think 20+ people wold be stretching the capacity, as it's a small place, but it's certainly worth a call.
621 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
Frank in the East Village has one huge long table that would probably seat right around 20, though it might be tight. They take reservations only for large groups. Great food good atmosphere, though the price skyrockets with alcohol it's great food at a good price.