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Swanky NYC eatery for bachelorette party

I'm in search of a swanky/chic restaurant in nyc for a group of 13 30-somethings hoping to enjoy a night out in celebration of a dear friend's upcoming nuptials. We want a festive atmosphere but good food too - nothing over-the-top bacheloretty. We had been recommended stanton social, mr. chow, and buddakan, but can't get into the first option with a party of 13, have already been to buddakan and have some people who don't love Chinese food in our party, so mr. chow is out. So, we're back to the drawing board. Can anyone please direct us to a few good options? We would ideally love to stay in the Meat Packing District, Tribeca, Chelsea area (or thereabouts) but can go further.

Thanks so much for your advice/suggestions!!

Lisa

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    1. Tribeca:
      Matsugen
      Marc Forgione

      Chels/MePa:
      Del Posto

      www.thelunchbelle.com

      1. places below are either not swanky, or long in the tooth..you looking for newer and cooler??

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        1. re: intrepid

          I am looking for something kind of newer and cooler - a festive atmosphere, where the food is actually decent. We have a relatively large party, so the locale would have to be big enough to accommodate a large table. The bride's request was somewhere you have to get decked out and the food is tasty....

          Thanks for everyone's recommendations.

            1. re: lzglenn

              Look into the private room at THOR. Cool hood, the room is all glass and overlooks the dining room. Great bar scene too.

              1. re: princeofpork

                I went to a party there probably a couple of years ago, and found the drinks very sweet and overpriced and the food way oversalted and overpriced. Not my scene at all.

                1. re: Pan

                  How do you make a Gery Goose and club soda sweet? Maybe it was the choice of drinks. However, I have heard mixed reviews of the food.

                  1. re: princeofpork

                    OBVIOUSLY, if you order a vodka and soda, it can't be made sweet! That isn't the issue. If your vodka and cranberry, for example, is putridly sweet, that means they didn't pour enough vodka and used hideously fortified cranberry juice. Yeah, it's usually somewhat sweet, but this was so bad I still remember it. And it was expensive for such a simple cocktail.

          1. Mercer Kitchen would be perfect.

            1. What about Kittichai in Soho? It's a really nice atmosphere, the food is good and the drinks are great! You can also go before or after (if the season is right) to the rooftop or lounge bar in the hotel.