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Mission Impossible - Group Dinner near Carnegie Hall - HELP!

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Hi all-

I've been tasked with what I believe to be the hardest thing I've ever had to do - find a place to have a graduation dinner with my family, group of 12, around 8 PM tonight (yes, they're great planners).

Looking for someplace moderately expensive (ruling out the high end of the nearby midtown steakhouses), that would fit 12 at the last minute, would be somewhat kid-friendly, and special enough for a graduation (ruling out the Brooklyn Diner).

Preferably looking for either American or Italian fare.

I've done the OpenTable lookup, and the odds are not in my favor. I thought of reserving Josephina, which would be a bit of a walk, but I figured I'd post here to see if anyone can please help!

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated and rewarded with karma points (offer not valid in AK or HI).

Thanks,
GC

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped

      i second tratt dell arte, as well as topaz for thai food next to parker meridien hotel,patsys italian, vice versa italian, da tomasso italian

    2. First thing that came to mind that might be able to accommodate you is Victor's Cafe on W.52nd Street http://www.victorscafe.com/index2.html . Not your preferred cuisine, but worth a look.

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      1. re: chezfredo

        Victor's looks interesting...

        Trattoria Dell'arte seemed to be a contender, but I'm not sure. Can't tell from the photos what the places looks like inside (yes, it's this painful; it actually matters that the place looks nice).

      2. i realize you said american or italian. here are some random ideas for big restaurants (or with a separate space) in that area that aren't usually full for dinner, i think. feel free to correct me.

        molyvos, puttanesca, rosa mexicano, redeye grill

        1. i would check Landmarc in the TWC , sounds like it would work.

          1. I was going to say Redeye, it is certainly big enough, but it may not be special enough. I also like Seppis at the Parker Meridian. I haven't been in years, but it was a very nice French Bistro.

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            1. re: maxine

              piano due also nice place- italian