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STA1985CH Nov 3, 2008 07:45 AM

I am looking to set up a dinner for somewhere between 7-15 people on new years eve. We are looking at $150-200 per head. Someplace with good food and a festive atmosphere.

All suggestions are welcome!! I am open to any area of town and food. Just must have a good atmosphere!!!

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    BlueHerons Nov 4, 2008 09:09 AM

    In all honesty, I'd skip dinner out New Years Eve. Staff is overworked, menus are often different from the regular ones and not in a good way, and the experience tends to be overpriced and underwhelming.

    My personal favorite is to gather for a great brunch somewhere New Years Eve day or New Years day.

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      STA1985CH Nov 4, 2008 11:25 AM

      That's actually a very good idea-- to be honest we are trying to avoid the awful cramped nightclub new years eve scene. We're a young just graduated crowd and to be honest none of us have apartments that are conducive to decent or manageable nye parties for more than 10 people....

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        craig_g Nov 25, 2009 09:28 AM

        Yeah. The staff just wants to be out somewhere drinking, and it's usually amateur night for the folks dining, making the staff even surlier. And because most places do seatings, the menus are often limited to take some of that pressure off the kitchen.

        If someone in your group can host, I'd suggest getting some really, really first-rate steaks, having a couple of people volunteer to bring starts, sides and dessert, and the rest bring something alcoholic. Wrap up around 11 and find a great bar to ring in the New Year, then go out for a dim sum brunch in Chinatown on the 1st.

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        sophieb Dec 15, 2009 02:46 PM

        My favorite place for large parties for any occassion is Allegretti. The chef did my birthday dinner in October. His style is French provencal and the atmosphere is elegant but festive and not too stuffly. The chef grew up in the south of France but also spent a ton of his childhood in Italy so his pastas are as incredible as is southern French style. He does incredible seafood and meat dishes. I believe that they are doing a seven-course tasting menu for New Year's. The restaurant is on 22nd Street between 5th and 6th. Have never had a bad meal there!

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