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Suggestions for a "cozy" restaurant for party of 14

vvv03 Nov 16, 2009 07:58 AM

I'm trying to help someone in the office find a restaurant for a work holiday dinner. They are looking for something "cozy" where people are able to talk. Great food a must. Mid range price ideal. Any thoughts?

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    ma542 Nov 16, 2009 01:17 PM

    I just had a birthday dinner at Seasonal Restaurant and Winebar last week, and it was an amazing experience! The food was spectacular, beautifully plated, and in the mid $20 range. The space is perfect for a get together, birthday party, etc and is extremely welcoming. After I made my reservation, I read that the restaurant had recieved a Michelin Star, and let me tell you: it was well deserved. My expectations were high and they were met, ten fold.

    I highly reccommend this restaurant and think that all of Manhattan should put it on the top of thier list! Guten Appetit!

    1. D...DF Nov 16, 2009 02:12 PM

      I really like the semi-private dining nooks downstairs at Bacaro. Very cozy. It is pretty far downtown if your office is in midtown, though.

      136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

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        Bistro Y Nov 17, 2009 05:44 AM

        Off the top of my head, 'inoteca, Bobo, and Spotted Pig all have reasonably sized private rooms. There is also a private room in the basement of Market Table that might work for you. Finally, maybe take a look at Barbuto. Not sure they have a space for 14, but worth looking at...

        Spotted Pig
        314 W 11th St, New York, NY 10014

        Market Table
        54 Carmine Street, New York, NY 10014

        98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        181 West 10th Street, New York, NY 10014

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        1. re: Bistro Y
          wvilny Nov 17, 2009 08:50 AM

          i just attended a birthday dinner for 15 at Inoteca. The shared plates kept coming but at any given course you could only eat off of a few of the plates unless you wanted to rotate the plates constantly the entire meal. Plus, the plates we were provided for all of the courses were the size of bread plates. I was not full at the end, and had had 2 glasses of wine. I think I had more wine than most people at the table, as the service was quite bad and it was impossible to get more wine. The check was $70 per person for a small portion of mediocre food I had no control over and 2 glasses of wine. Worst of all, when we told the waiter that it was a birthday celebration, he brought out a dessert AND THEN TOOK BACK THE CHECK TO ADD THE COST OF IT. On a over-$1000 bill, to add a $6 dessert, is absolutely shameful. If for nothing else, for that, I will never return to Inoteca.

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          williamb Nov 18, 2009 05:10 AM

          Estancia 460 is a great place for large dinner groups. They will put together for you a smaller menu of your liking designed for your budget. I have never been to a more accommodating restaurant. I have been there twice with large groups, Ask for the table upfront it has a great vibe!

          Estancia 460
          460 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

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