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Party for about 20p midpriced and not formal

I'm planning a dinner party for about 20 people. There will be a mix of meat eaters and vegetarians, adventurous eaters and meat and potato types. It must be fairly casual, we will be spending the day walking through the city. The crowd will be in their 20's -40's. The most important thing is the food allowing our casual dress and large size. Was thinking Craftbar. Any suggest welcome.

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  1. not sure Craft qualifies as midpriced (you may have a different pricing system than I do, of course.) I would suggest Jane or Otto.

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    1. re: eeee

      I had a very good brunch at Jane, but I found my dinner there mediocre, overly buttery - a kind of anonymous, merely competent cuisine without any points of interest - and overpriced. My two dining partners and I all were disappointed. So while I am not current on Craft and can't offer opinions on the other places mentioned so far in this thread, I'd suggest avoiding Jane for dinner. That is, unless they really pull rabbits out of their hat for large banquets.

      1. re: eeee

        Not Craft, Craftbar, and price is flexible (not Per Ser or Jean George). It's just that most higher priced establishments require a more upscale dress code than we can fulfill.

        1. re: misnatalie

          What kind of dress code are they telling you they require? No jeans or sneakers?

      2. Are you planning to use the private room at Craftbar or reserve a table for 20 in the main dining room? Reason why I ask is that we just looked at Craftbar recently for the small wedding we're planning and while we knew the food would be great, we couldn't get past the fact that the private room felt more business lunch-like. It's downstairs from the main room and with the low ceilings it also felt cramped. Perhaps for a dinner party it won't be as big of a deal. Their prices per head begins at $75 for three courses - you choose one starter, offer 2 options for mains and one dessert. More options per course are $10 per person or something like that. They do consumption bar and have a few beverage packages. The event manager staff were very responsive and great about answering questions - if the room felt more appropriate for a wedding, we probably would have booked there.

        We looked at Jane too (I see there was a recommendation for the place) - their food/beverage is very well priced but again their room - while probably great for a casual dinner party - didn't seem what we were looking for in terms of our wedding. We haven't eaten there but like someone posted - heard brunch is great, dinner is just okay.

        1. The Water Club on the East River. We go there frequently and have often noted parties having a wonderful time, whether in the dining room or upstairs in one of their banquet rooms. Pricing's equal to or less than Craft.

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          1. re: shaogo

            Craftbar, not Craft. Casual dress code is a must.

            1. I think the food at Craftbar can be pretty uneven. I'd say Artisanal is a much better option. I also agree w/the Jane and Otto suggestions.

              1. There's a large table at Public which has about 18 seat and is walled off from the rest of the room. Crispo might work as well.

                  1. re: misnatalie

                    Hearth would be spacious enough. If you're a group of drinkers, you could even inquire about taking over terroir for the night, as I've seen many private parties held there.
                    Also once had dinner at Inoteca for over a dozen people, and the mixed menu (veg and meat) was pretty popular.

                    1. re: xigua

                      Great, Inoteca was also on my list

                    1. Gyu Kaku downown-very fun and extremely casual with great vibe for all ages.
                      it's a korean/japanese restaurant-very large and fun! It might be great for those that never experienced this type of Asian food.

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                      1. re: UES Mayor

                        The last party I had was at Gyu Kaku . It was so much fun.