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Looking for Good Restaurant for Start of Bachelor Party.

I'm the best man, so I'm throwing the bachelor party for my 29 y/o friend and about 8 other guys in their late 20's/early 30's and I'm looking for a good spot in manhattan to accomodate us. I want to go with something upscale, but not "Per Se" expensive, that can accomodate a group. I thought about Kobe Club or Quality Meats, but I'm yet to be sold on either. Does anyone else have any good ideas in that range? I appreciate any feedback. Thanks.

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  1. Craftsteak or Wolfgang's might be a good bet, if you're looking for a good steakhouse atmosphere. If you're looking more casual, Hill Country could be fun.

    If you don't care about the quality of the food, the Hawaiian Tropic Zone in Times Square. :P

    1. Robert's steakhouse serves great steak in the perfect upscale bachelor party environment. (Translation: High end steakhouse at a strip club).

      That said, I've hosted two bachelor parties that both started at Wolfgangs, everyone was very pleased. I wouldn't recommend Kobe Club.

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      1. re: Spends Rent on Food

        Thanks. I probably want to separate the those two activities. I'll take a look at Wolfgang's and cross Kobe off the list. If you think of anything else, let me know.

      2. BLT, Del Friscos, Park Ave Summer (back room)

        1. Check out Beacon at 25 West 56th Street. Their specialty is wood-roasted meats and fish. The atmosphere is moderately "clubby," but it's warm and comfortable, and the food is excellent, from steaks to the smoked trout. They're amenable to smallish "large groups" and no one seems put off if you have a "party atmosphere" at your table.

          1. Churascarria platforma.. great for a bachelor party type group!

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            1. re: Michael Ambrosio

              Thanks Michael! I thought of Churascaria since it's good for groups, but I think I want something a little more upscale.

            2. I think that steakhouses are a bit played out for bachelor parties. Right now I lean towards bbq. Hill Country is good but for more upscale go to Blue Smoke.

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              1. re: KTinNYC

                I couldn't agree more that steakhouses are played out for bachelor parties. I'm actually looking for something other than a steakhouse. I don't know that BBQ would be my route, but i would like something with a good atmosphere and good food. Possibly New american etc. Thanks

              2. If I'm doing steaks for a bachelor group, I'm going to Strip House. If you're looking for upscale american for a group of guys. Gotham is great. Hearth is great but the crowd can sometimes be spotty.

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                1. re: digsnola

                  How bout Bistro Bagatelle in the MPD? Can a group of guys have a bachelor party there?

                2. i think old-school Italian is a nice first stop for a bachelor party...(as a best man for my best friend, many years ago, i organized exactly that and it worked nicely)...

                  Because you said "start of" the party, i am assuming that you merely want a fine fun festive meal, and that you will going elsewhere for the heavier drinking, poker playing, and more salacious/raucous parts of the eve...

                  So...i'm going to suggest Il Giglio...it's a little more elegant, quiet, etc than one might suggest for a bachelor party, but i think it's a good call anyway: it's old-school Italian in Tribeca , w/ gratis antipasti (yummy olive-oil-saturated zucchini, bug chunks of good parmesean), caesar salad, shrimp diavolo, great wine list, grappa, and the kind of waiters who will appreciate the jolly gravitas of the eve and give the groom-to-be great respect...

                  If i was getting married, that's were i'd want to go...

                  1. i would highly suggest stk for yhe bachelor party.

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                    1. re: emcasey

                      Yea I thought of that, I just feel it's so predictable to go to a steakhouse for someone's bachelor party.

                    2. I've only been once and it was a number of years ago, but I think Scalinatella might work for what you are looking for.

                      1. Landmarc could be a good option, it's spacious, upscale and good for groups. You could also look into the spotted pig, I've been there with a group of six - I'm sure if you work it right they could do 8.

                        Blue ribbon?

                        1. BLT Prime.....Maybe Scarpetta relatively new in the meat packing district if you don't want a steak house.