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Nov 13, 2009 10:00 AM

Hi Chowhound Experts: Manhattan Restaurant Search - Help appreciated

Hi Chowhound-ers!

I'm hoping that some can help me with picking a restaurant.

-needs to take reservations for a party of 15 (example: I wanted Casa Mono but they don't seat parties that big; six is their limit)

- need to be between 14th and 42nd streets and somewhere between 2nd and 8th Avenues

- not too expensive. I'd say out of five dollars signs, I would prefer something that's a two or a three. $$-$$$. Possibly a low four, but not a five.

-Anything except asian or indian. I love asian and indian but this is for a work dinner and I want to pick something broad

-prefer a place that isn't too stuffy or formal

Thanks in advance!!!

Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Thanks, Leah.

      I do use Open Table quite a bit , but I know that chowhound denizens have their finger on the pulse of the awesome (and new) dinner spots which might not be on open table yet (the new and not so new). I put into opentable a table for 15 people at 7pm on 12/8/09 and I selected Murray Hill and no valid restaurants appeared. They all said that they either wouldn't take a reservation for that size, or that my time wasn't available and that nothing was available on 2 hours on either side of 7pm.

      Appreciate your help.

      1. re: bella716

        NB: a lot of restaurants don't put up capacity for the really large parties on Did you try searching in all neighborhoods?

        Off the top of my head, focusing on the Gramercy and Flatiron-ish areas...
        Boqueria (not as good as Casa Mono but more traditional Spanish tapas)
        Giorgio's of Gramercy (a CH fave)
        Bar Stuzzichini
        Blue Smoke
        Aldea (IIRC the upstairs can be bought out, might be too pricey)
        Allegretti (no idea on capacity)
        the new 'inoteca liquiri bar

        98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        Blue Smoke
        116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

        31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: kathryn

          Thanks Kathryn!

          I love love the 'inoteca liquori idea--looks amazing. Thanks so much!

          98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        2. re: bella716

          I hear you! After reading your response and looking at the date, it hit me: you're in prime holiday dinner/party season. That's probably why you're not having much luck. Here are some other ideas that are within a close radius to Murray Hill:
          Rare Bar & Grill
          Kellari Parea
          Kellari Taverna

          Like Kathryn said, you're probably going to have to be bit more flexible in terms of searching beyond the immediate area. I hope this helps!

      2. As noted above, many restaurants don't take reservations for large parties through Opentable, so you have to call to check. Some ideas in addition to those already mentioned:


        72 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

        45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

        240 W 14th St Frnt A, New York, NY 10011