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15 People, Separate Room for Speech?

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I'm looking for a restaurant in Manhattan where around 15 people could eat, and listen to a speaker give an informal talk. I know that the most conventional thing to do is reserve a room at a restaurant but we don't have the money for that. So I'm wondering if people know of a restaurant that has somewhat compartmenalized rooms that one can just reserve for dinner, and would be quiet enough to hear someone talk. It doesn't need to have any special, speech giving facilities. Thanks for any help! (The talk would be on a Thursday night.)

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  1. Are you or anyone in your party affiliated with a local university? Some rent event space to alumni if it is available. I would recommend calling your alumni relations office and asking.

    1. I think it may be difficult to find a restaurant where the space is divided in such a way that your speaker will not disturb other diners. However, you might be able to find a restaurant with a private room that does not charge an extra rental fee. Two possibilities: La Petite Auberge has a private room upstairs that, acc. to their website, holds 15 - 50 people; and Campanile has a private room, but I don't know how many it accommodates. Both restaurants serve very good food, and prices are moderate. Definitely worth calling to make inquiries.

      http://www.lapetiteaubergeny.com
      http://www.campanilenyc.com

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      1. re: RGR

        Chinatown Brasserie fits the bill. So, I think, does Pera.