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Jan 14, 2008 11:28 AM

Recos for Casual Business Dinner at $50 per

I am looking for a spot for about 40 people for dinner at $50 per person, including wine, tip and tax. It's a casual dinner out--no fancy celebration. Family style platters are perfect but not required. We did Tony Di Napoli last year but it was a bit of a trip from our office at Park Ave South and 26th St. Ideally, we would like to be as south as 14th and just below 42nd St. We would like to avoid the theater district. We are fine on the East side and on the West side, up to 6th Ave (7th would be stretching it). A private room is preferable or a sectioned off area. Something like Carmines/Tony Di Napoli is fine but not required. We are planning now so we can book ahead of time--before our meeting in March so options (whatever they might be) are wide open. I would probably skip Japanese/sushi or Indian as we have taste preferences from all over the country to accommodate. American is fine, Italian is fine.

Your suggestions are appreciated. Thanks.

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  1. Campanile, which serves traditional Italian cuisine, may work for you. It's a neighborhood "hidden gem," *very* convenient to your office, on 29th St., b/t PAS & Madison. Not a fancy place, it has a pleasant, comfortable, old-fashioned feel. There is a private room, but I don't know how many it can accommodate. If that won't work, the public space is large enough so that something can be worked out there. Prices are moderate, and I'm sure the owner will do his best to put together a dinner that meets your budgetary restrictions.

    4 Replies
    1. re: RGR

      RGR - thank you so much for the rec in that neighborhood. I'm have a friend within reach of Campanile and we're always looking for something new (to us) to try. It's now on the top of the list.

      1. re: Jane A.

        Jane, Glad to hear that you'll be trying Campanile. I hope you'll report back about the experience.

        Enjoy and Buon Apetito!

        P.S. Have you tried the re-opened Park Avenue Bistro (fka Park Bistro)?

      2. re: RGR

        Thanks for the reco. I will try it myself later this week. I have lived in the area for a long time and never tried this one. I need to get out more!!

        1. re: eve

          Campanile really is kind of hidden away on that 29th St. block. I'd known it was there for a long time, but we only got around to trying it for the first time two years ago. So many restaurants, so little time!