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Please help 40 People for Dinner on a Saturday Night

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Well I guess the economy is not that bad. Its impossible to get a reservation for 40 people anywhere moderately priced. I have seen the other postings today fore 15 or 20 people but this is even harder. I had a place booked for 30 people but our group has grown and it is possible that they will not be able to accomodate us if we are that large. I am looking to spend about 35 pp (not including tip tax or alcohol). I would like a cash bar and a private room is not necessary. We would like to sit around 8 (places like OTTO, City Winery, or Crispo all require you sit before 6pm). Any thoughts?

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  1. What are your cuisine preferences or avoids? What's the age range of your group?

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    1. re: RGR

      Italian is probably preferred but its a group of eaters - pretty open to anything. I think the only avoids are Indian or Sushi for her. It is a 30th birthday for my wife - guests will be in the 30 -40s. She is big into wine so something with a decent affordable list would be great too.

      1. re: badabingdesi

        Campanile is an Italian restaurant that is closed to the public on Saturday. But the owner, Slavko, has told me he is willing to open for private funtions, and I'm sure he'd work with you to put together a package that meets your budget. The food is traditional Italian -- very well-prepared and delicious. My one caveat is that you might find the atmospherics a little too old-fashioned for a group in their 30's and 40's. But if all else fails, it's worth checking out.

        http://www.campanilenyc.com

    2. Have you tried Alfredo's in Rock Center?

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      1. re: patriciarichter

        The prices listed on their website far exceed the stated budget.

        http://www.alfredos.com/ny.html

        1. re: RGR

          Try Fig and Olive in the Meatpacking District.

          1. re: RGR

            Yeah, it runs about $70 pp without alchol. Looking more like $125 a head after.

        2. With that many people and the price limit I'd try Sambuca on the UWS, they have a lot of different rooms in the back so you could even get your own. The food is good... not great.. I view it as a notch up from Carmines in food and maybe moreso in ambience/decor.