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Where to celebrate 40th birthday?

Butterfly123 Jan 4, 2008 06:09 PM

I am looking for a restaurant to celebrate my hubbys 40th birhtday with 20 other friends. We are between 30-45 years old. Looking to have good food, great ambience with music where we can dance between meals or after dinner? Price is not an issue. We just want to have fun and memorable experience. Thank you!

  1. sed231 Jan 5, 2008 12:18 PM

    They don't have dancing, but the Four Seasons is a great place to have a party.

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      RGR Jan 5, 2008 08:05 PM

      The Rainbow Room is pretty much the last of the fancy-schmancy restaurants offering dinner and dancing. However, it's not about the cuisine there which, I've heard, is just o.k. I haven't been up there in ages, so I don't know what the Ciprianis have done with the decor, but on a clear night, the 65th floor view is astounding. As a throwback to an era that's pretty much past, i.e., people all gussied up, dancing to a big band orchestra on a revolving dance floor, etc., you might find it a memorable experience. It's only open to the public on selected Friday and Saturday nights. At all other times, with the exception of Sunday brunch, it's a private event space.


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        G3B Jan 6, 2008 03:08 AM

        I was there for a private event last month and it is as RGR said, great view, beautiful art deco room, dinner and dancing. We also had cocktails in the other rooms, so it was nice to walk all around admiring the various rooms and of course the views. Not sure if food would be prepared by the same people, but it was passable. I have certainly had worse. You go to be in the Rainbow Room, look at the views, dance and have fun, certainly not to eat.

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          intrepid Jan 6, 2008 05:29 AM

          ive been to both places, many times four season food is ok, place takes itself much too seriously, fun factor is low, rainbow room food not as good, yes nice place, place is a low on fun factor, for young crowd, i would say this place would be wrong, i need to ponder this question longer for suggestions...

          1. re: intrepid
            intrepid Jan 6, 2008 06:35 AM

            sobs is a great spot for music and dance, less on ambiance, less on food, but a good party spot for 20 friends

          2. re: G3B
            RGR Jan 6, 2008 08:53 AM


            The Ciprianis are in charge of the food for both the restaurant and the private events. In fact, when the Ciprianis took over, they were the ones who decided to turn it into mainly a private event space, i.e., more of a money-maker, and only allow the dining room to be open to the public on a very limited basis.

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            Butterfly123 Jan 7, 2008 06:04 AM

            Thanks for your responses. Is the Rainbow Room touristy, stuffy? I would like to avoid the two.
            Any other suggestions where we can go? Lookig to have fun, great decor, Music, ambience and food. Thanks!

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            1. re: Butterfly123
              RGR Jan 7, 2008 06:57 AM

              The Rainbow Room is famous, so it has always attracted tourists. But over the years, that never stopped natives from going there, and I don't recall feeling that it was stuffy. However, as I said, having not been there in ages and with the changes the Ciprianis have instituted, I'd have to leave it to someone who has been there more recently for dinner and dancing to tell you if it's attracting mostly tourists and if it seems stuffy now.

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              fein Jan 7, 2008 09:50 AM

              how about suba-not sure if they still do it but they used to a flaminco dancer dinner on sunday nights. could be fun.

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                conerye Jan 15, 2008 07:12 PM

                I am also looking for a place to celebrate a 40th birthday - my sister's. Rather than start another thread on this topic, I hope its ok to post here...

                butterfly23, wondering if you went out yet and if so where you went and how it was?

                I'm from the Boston area and not familiar with any NYC restaurants. My sister lives in lower Westechester, so I am looking to get a few of her friends from NJ,CT and lower Westchester together down there. I'm thinking somehwere not as pricey as Rainbow Room, good food, fun/lively place for roughly 15 to 20 people. Fellow chowhounders, if you would please help me out with some suggestions, I would greatly appreciate it!

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                  Butterfly123 Jan 16, 2008 07:59 AM

                  I have not found a place yet :-((

                  1. re: Butterfly123
                    RGR Jan 16, 2008 08:42 AM


                    Since you say price is not an issue, have you considered doing the party in a restaurant's private room and bringing in a small combo for dancing? For example, Daniel's Bellecour Room is completely separate from the main dining room, and if you're willing to pay the *very* substantial freight, it is quite elegant and, of course, the food would be superb.

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                      Butterfly123 Jan 16, 2008 08:55 AM

                      I called the Rainbow Room but they do private parties and yes, you will sit in a private room and can hire a band, etc. but i don't want a private room.. I would like to have it in a trendy place where other people are having a great time and great ambience, music.. we just want to have a great time.. Not to elegant, etc. Rainbow Room offers a dining and dancing but their calendar for April will be open in APril and I want to get a ball ralling already.

                      1. re: Butterfly123
                        jonfbrooklyn Jan 16, 2008 09:23 AM

                        B. Fly, I would suggest that you split it up: eat, then go to a club. To have a good meal with ambience and dancing is probably asking too much. That said, alot of fun for a group is to get a private room at a Chinatown restaurant. Most would let you set a 4 - 5 course dinner.

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                  conerye Jan 16, 2008 07:02 PM

                  I was going to look into Flor de Sol and Samba Le. I've read that both have music and that Flor de Sol has good food. Not sure about food at Samba Le or if these places are age appropiate and good for groups. Anyone care to comment?

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                    Butterfly123 Mar 6, 2008 07:27 AM

                    Ok, I 've booked Buddakan for the celebration. I hope it will be fun!

                    1. re: Butterfly123
                      intrepid Mar 7, 2008 07:44 AM

                      buddakan, is a big tourist trap, with decent food,

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