birthday dinner nr 36th & park
i am looking for some suggestions for a 50th birthday near 36th & Park where we are starting out for cocktials. italian or french would work. i'd like to keep it under $100 per person with wine. we will be 8-10. i'd like to be in a quieter place so we can hear each other talk :) thanks!!
EMP's 3-course prix-fixe is $82, so if your $100pp budget is for food and wine (tax & tip extra), then depending on the wines your party orders, you might be able to swing it.
I like Campanile a lot, but I would not consider it a special occasion place, especially for a 50th birthday.
Olana is on Madison, b/t 27th & 28th Sts. We haven't been yet, but it has been getting very positive responses on this board, and it sounds as though it would be nice enough for a celebratory dinner. Looking at the menu on their website, prices seem to be in line with your budget.
If you are willing to go a bit further north and much further east, L'Impero is on Tudor City, b/t 42nd & 43rd. The contemporary Italian cuisine is superb, the wine list is excellent, service is professional, and the interior has understated elegant decor. Definitely a place with a celebratory feel. In addition to the a la carte menu, there is a $64 4-course prix-fixe. With wine, tax & tip, you should be able to stay close to your budget.
On 29th between Madison and Park avenue south there is Campanile where you will be able to hear yourselves talk. It has great food, really traditional though, and it is never crowded.
There is Wolfang...it is a steakhouse that gets good reviews.
I never went there, but Da Ciro on Lexington is supposed to be good.