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Private Dining Room/Wine Cellar

wknoonan Nov 12, 2008 10:09 AM

I need to book a private dining room/wine cellar for a holiday party grp of 10. Prefer Prix fix < $150 a head with wine pairing/all you can drink wine. Anyone have some suggestions?

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    mch RE: wknoonan Nov 13, 2008 10:44 AM

    i would love to get some responses to this question as i am looking for something similar. i do know that many restaurants will do this for you upon request. my group had a dinner at tribeca grill 2 years ago. it wasn't in a private room but we had a large table for our group plus we each had 4 or 5 glasses of wine at a time. they paired each course with different wine. i know otto does something like this but i imagine you are looking for something nicer.

    hounders, any thoughts?

    1. MMRuth RE: wknoonan Nov 13, 2008 10:56 AM

      You might look into the Italian Wine Merchants, whose owners include Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich. They have a lovely room that we've often thought would be nice for a private party. I have no idea of the cost, however.


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        UWSEater RE: MMRuth Nov 13, 2008 04:29 PM

        I know Del Posto has a great downstairs private room, but not sure if 10 people is enough to get it reserved.

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          mrgdess RE: MMRuth Nov 14, 2008 02:47 PM

          just booked a wine tasting dinner for 8 people at Italian Wine Merchants in one of their private rooms. The sommeliers are really good (knowledgeable, fun, etc) and they know how to pair food and wine. I chose the menu in advance (it's a tasting menu) and then they will get back to me next week with recommended wine pairings. They say to assume 1 bottle of wine per person at a cost of appx $75 per bottle (could be more or less depending on what we end up choosing and whether or not you have heavy drinkers). The dinner itself is around $100/pp, plus wine, service charge, etc - I'm estimating around $200/pp. It might be more than you are willing to spend, but if you choose less expensive wine, you might be able to stay within budget.

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            MMRuth RE: mrgdess Nov 14, 2008 02:55 PM

            Do you know where the food comes from? I haven't asked.

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          Marine Engineer RE: wknoonan Nov 13, 2008 05:19 PM

          Il Buco has a wonderful room that is stocked full with wine. $150 should be about right. It's below the main room. Only walked through it on the way to the fridge (long story, delivering pigs) but I've put it in my back pocket for the appropriate occasion.

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            heggy RE: wknoonan Nov 13, 2008 06:21 PM

            Irving mill has a wine cellar and I did my husband's 40th at aroma kitchen and wine bar on east 4th street.

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              coachof2 RE: wknoonan Nov 14, 2008 11:26 AM

              Try City Hall.. This Board recommended it to me this past summer and we were thriled!

              1. ChefJune RE: wknoonan Nov 14, 2008 12:11 PM

                I Trulli on East 27th has private dining rooms, and a great wine program... cellar, bar, etc.

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                  BW212 RE: ChefJune Nov 14, 2008 02:02 PM

                  Adour has a really cool private dining room where you are surrounded by fabulous wines. The size of the room is perfect, but I'm not sure what their prices would be for what you want. Definitely worth checking out though.

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