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I'm planning an 80th birthday party for my dad, expecting 50-60 people. I'm trying to do some research on a nice Manhattan restaurant. The obvious question -- what can you recommend? I'd like something nice, more on the elegant than casual side, but it doesn't have to be five-star, and I can't say that price is no consideration. Say, I don't know, $100 per person?

Are there private rooms that can accomodate this number of people? Or good restaurants small enough to take over? I think I should keep it to Italian, Continental, New American, you know -- although I love various ethnic food, I don't think this is the time for that -- need to please a big group. Suggestions? Thanks so much!!

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  1. Is that $100pp an out-the-door figure, i.e., food, alcoholic beverages, tax (nearly 9%), & tip (20%)?

    1. That's a LOT of people. Restaurants charge a lot to take them over, because they basically use up the eve on your party. Private rooms may be the way to go. With a group that size, you'll be looking at the kinds of places that do weddings, etc.

      What about an off hour? Some restaurants would be glad to do an event in the 3-6 hour, for example.

      1. Accademia di Vino (Italian) on 64th & 3rd should be able to accomodate that many in their back room (by the wine cellar). Believe they can also do a set menu for groups with heavy appetizers and a selection of entrees.

        I Coppi (Italian) in the East Village is another good option - they have a year-round garden in the back that should fit that many people. Food is good, and they are very accomodating for large groups.

        Sala on Bowery (Spanish) has a downstairs space that is available for parties as well - they do open bar for 3-4 hours and passed heavy hors d'oeuvres (you can add paella as well). With an older crowd, though, you may want to check if they can do seated tables. Food is good and they are helpful during the planning process. Their new(er) location on 19th St. also does large parties, though I don't know if they have a separate space for that or just close off the restaurant.

        Another option is one of the rodizio places like the Churrascarias (Plataforma or TriBeCa) - the food is all-inclusive and extensive, and they do group packages including alcohol as well.

        Finally, there's always Carmine's! Good food, family style, inexpensive, and the alcohol is cheap too.

        Irrespective of where you choose to go, with a $100 budget the alcohol can be a trip-up, so I would suggest negotiating open bar, or bringing your own wine and paying corkage.