The Perfect Storm - Celebratory Dinner for 15 Downtown
I have been tasked with suggesting a venue for a celebratory dinner for 15 people. This is a business dinner, but will be attended by a group of people who know each other well and are friendly, which makes it a somewhat tricky hybrid between "boring business midtown" group dinners and "OMG I am turning 26 and want to blow it out and get drunk with my friends!!!" group dinners.
My boss definitely prefers downtown locations (though we are flexible on any longitude from midtown south to Tribeca) and wants something "fun." That being said, it shouldn't be too casual or too adventurous cuisine-wise. I am thinking something that would be appropriate for a 40th birthday would be along the lines of what we need. Fun, but not too fun.
In an ideal world, we could have drinks/mingle in a bar area before sitting down to dinner. We'd actually prefer NOT to eat dinner in a private room if possible.
I have not confirmed the exact price range, but believe that something in the range of $100-$150 pp with drinks would be the sweet spot. We have a range to work with...
I have spent the past two hours searching the boards and not a lot jumped out at me. Even though we are not really in the market for a private room, the wine room at Public seems interesting, though I have not been. I'm really at a bit of a loss here.
Many thanks in advance,