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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

            2. Thanks all for yesterday's suggestions.

              Ultimately, it went to Victor's Cafe. I think all things considered, it went about as well as it could have (given that everyone I had to deal with was as inflexible as possible). Place was visually appealing, festive ambiance.

              Food was overpriced, but that's tourist central, so I went in expecting that. It was good, not great, but in the end it fit us all comfortably, the service wasn't bad, food was OK and the atmosphere was good. Had it not been for the kids (and what turned out to be inclement weather in the end, after being a beautiful morning), we definitely would have gone elsewhere (the area just doesn't lend itself to my kind of dining), but all things considered I thought it went well.

              Thanks again all for some very helpful suggestions!