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Oct 20, 2008 08:13 AM

Looking for a place to have a cocktail engagement party for 50-75 people.

I'm looking for a place in Manhattan or Brooklyn to have a cocktail party with some light food in celebration of an engagement. In the alternative I'd be willing to rent out a reasonably priced small loft space and bring in my own bartender/catering. Any suggestions? Looking to keep costs reasonable here. I've looked into Frankie's Spuntino and it comes out to almost $100/pp for open bar and some light apps which is just ridiculous. Help!

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  1. I recently had a party at Frankies Booklyn location because they were the most reasonable for the type of gathering I wanted. But it was not drink centric, so that saved me a bundle without an open bar. Every place I checked had a high price for open bar. By price alone, it seemed they planned to showcase the good stuff and serve it by the pint to every guest that arrived.

    Anyway, I agree it does seem out of line when you start thinking about what $100 pp will get you in the restaurant for smaller parties. The idea of calling in a reservation for 50-60 people crossed my mind if you know what I mean. I think what it really boils down to is how long you are sitting for that $100 meal. At a party, 3 to 4 hours is normal, but a dinner ,1.5 hours would be on the long side. Still the price break I naively expected from bringing in a 'large qty' of business in a single bill is non-existant as far as I could see. There actually seemed to be a penalty, or additional upcharge pp for parties.

    PS - Frankies 457 did a wonderful job for my party.

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    1. re: dhs

      Yea. Frankie's is cute and all but honestly it serves freakin pasta and pieces of bread with some tapenade smacked on it! I don't need a drink-centric place, I could even do wine and beer (which at Frankie's was not MUCH less expensive then the open bar).

      1. re: DRLCH14

        My research for the party suggests the price is not going to come down by going to other places. I feel for your frustration. Good luck

    2. I have been looking for the past couple of weeks as well and it doesn't look like the prices will go down. I feel your pain.