Private dining in wine cellar for 15-18 people?
For my dad's 60th birthday - willing to go high end in terms of price (but not low end in terms of food quality!), but it's been hard to find a place that will seat more than 14.
Looking for something below 23rd street in Manhattan preferably, but willing to accept other ideas. Everyone is from the area - most live in the suburbs but know NYC dining pretty well. A restaurant that is hip but cozy would be perfect.
Non-wine cellar space suggestions would be great, too, as long as there's something interesting about them (chef's table, etc.).
Unfortunately, this is for mid-December, prime holiday party season.
Eleven Madison Park has a smaller private dining room for 18 (and a bigger one for up to 32). I've never eaten in either space, so I couldn't tell you what they look like. (I think they might be upstairs in a clear, glass-walled room with curtains, if this matters to you. But please call the restaurant to corroborate.)
Further uptown, Del Frisco's steakhouse in the upper W. 40s has a very pleasant wine cellar for parties around your size. The food -- in particular the aged steaks, tho not so much the sides -- is actually quite good for a chain restaurant.
In the same area, Red Eye Grill and Prime Grill both have a few private dining spaces, too, which might fit your group. The food at Prime Grill is excellent (and kosher). It's been too long since I ate at REG for me to tell you much about the food, but I don't remember it being objectionable.
I had lunch at Red Eye Grill in early September. It was so unmemorable I no longer remember what I had. (Actually, I think it was some fish dish that they messed up with some topping or something. And the lobster roll someone else ordered got a thumb's down.)The service was also rather inept. Maybe dinner is better but if it were me, I wouldn't want to take a chance, especially for a special birthday event.
Not a resto or wine celler but NY Vintners on Warren St does private dining parties. With a chef that cooks right there in front of you. The place will fit 18 people very comfortably. I was there yesterday for a wine tasting with 30 people. THey make GREAT fresh pasta
It is not below 23rd street, but 21 Club has an incredible wine cellar- I think it would be exactly what you're looking for......