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bella716 Nov 13, 2009 10:00 AM

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!!!

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Casa Mono
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

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    rrems Nov 13, 2009 03:40 PM

    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:

    Olana
    Crispo
    Cru
    Convivio
    Marseille

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    Olana
    72 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016

    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

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

    1. LeahBaila Nov 13, 2009 10:49 AM

      www.opentable.com to the rescue!

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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      1. re: LeahBaila
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        bella716 Nov 13, 2009 11:17 AM

        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.

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          kathryn Nov 13, 2009 11:32 AM

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

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

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          'inoteca
          98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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

          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          1. re: kathryn
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            bella716 Nov 13, 2009 12:00 PM

            Thanks Kathryn!

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

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            'inoteca
            98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          2. re: bella716
            LeahBaila Nov 13, 2009 11:46 AM

            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:
            Artisanal
            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!

            www.thelunchbelle.com

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