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Bachelorette Dinner

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Odd question: I'm in charge of pinning down a restaurant for a bachelorette evening. I'm also supposed to nail down an after dinner drinks spot. It should be noted that I'm a male so I'm not really looking for a good place for a bachelorette type evening - but rather just a quality meal.

My friends are staying near Grand Central - so I was thinking something somewhat upscale near Grand Central or perhaps further downtown near Madison Park/Union Square/Gramercy. I've thought about EMP, GT, Union Square Cafe - but I'm just not sure if they are going be willing to throw down $150 on a meal. The last time she visited I took her to Perilla and she said something along those lines would be perfect. Any recs for that area? Is Bar Milano any good? What else is over there? I could even be convinced to do the villages with the right restaurant choice.

As for drinks: Somewhere semi-classy with a low douche rate would be great. The bar choice doesn't have to be geographically limited. Anywhere is fine.

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  1. What is your maximum price range per person? What type of cuisine? And how many people will there be (in my experience this is often the deciding factor as so many popular NYC restaurants are quite small)? If food is the primary concern, and not so much atmosphere, then I would recommend one of the popular restaurants that only takes reservations for large parties.

    See also:
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    If you are a large party you can reserve the lower lounge of the Flatiron Lounge. My friend has done a few parties there for birthdays, bon voyages, etc. You can also bring in outside food if you arrange it in advance; I think they need to get some sort of permit.

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    1. re: kathryn

      I'm still trying to figure out price point. I was thinking no more than $100 per person with drinks and dessert. That's why I was shying away from EMP, GT, and USC. Cuisine - American, Italian, Japanese, Thai....We should be a pretty small group as well - There should be no more than six of us.

    2. Forget Bar Milano the portions are tiny and the prices are large.

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      1. I recommed Forge (located in Tribeca...not sure if this will be a problem for you all). Large space with fantastic cocktails and food and very low douche factor: http://www.forgenyc.com/

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          I actually haven't heard great things about Forge. The reviews are pretty mixed aren't they?

        2. What about Artisanal? That's a great place for a Bachelorette dinner (went to one last week) or Asia de Cuba.

          Campbell Apartment for drinks in that area to start the evening would be special too.

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          Artisanal
          2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

          Asia de Cuba
          237 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

          Campbell Apartment
          89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

          1. I went to a bachelorette party at Otto, and it was quite nice. If you have 12 or more people they do a set menu, and i think it starts around $40 pp and includes a certain amount of alcohol and 3 courses. we liked the atmosphere, which was loud but festive.

            1. So price point turns out not to be a huge issue. It will be a party of six. I think we'll start with some drinks at Campbell Apartment and then either go somewhere around Grand Central or to Gramercy Tavern, Eleven Madison Park, or Convivio. Any recs for really good places around Grand Central?

              A few of the ladies in attendance are not exactly foodies - not picky necessarily - but don't have (I hate that I'm saying this) sophisticated palates. Is GT or EMP more accessible?

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              1. re: johnsofats

                GT is definitely more accessible (check out the menu on their site), but also more popular, so make a reservation sooner rather than later.

              2. Have you ever been to One - 1 little west 12th in the meatpacking dist.
                We have had a bachelorette and a 30th birthday party there and been very happy. You can stay for drinks after if you wanted since it becomes a pretty nice lounge.

                You can check out the Stone Rose Lounge in the Time Warner Center for drinks. It is a great atmoshpere.

                Other dinner Options are the Palm Steakhouse
                Blue Water Grill
                Aqua Grill

                Or try one of my favorites Pylos - It is an amazing greek restaurant
                http://www.pylosrestaurant.com/