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Looking for pvt space for 30th Birthday Cocktail Party for 35-45

ccinps Feb 8, 2010 01:26 PM

My husband is throwing me a 30th birthday party in late May. We plan to have open bar and passed appetizers, possibly with some food stations, for 3 hours on a Saturday night. We were originally looking at hotels (Ritz Battery Park, Hudson Hotel, Gramercy Park Hotel) but found them to be above our $5000 budget (and we'd ideally like to spend under $4,000).

Does anyone have recommendations for elegant spaces in the city that would meet these criteria? A view or some outdoor space would be an excellent bonus, but not necessary. We are also willing to switch to beer/wine/bubbly only if need be.

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    empath3000 Feb 8, 2010 02:25 PM

    try the campbell apartment in grand central. amazing space although i'm not sure how their prices are. or for something a little more unusual but really great AND very reasonably priced, try mercat on bond street. delicious spanish food and drinks in a cool private space. another interesting option might be italian wine merchants - they have a really cool space - that would be a more focused wine and food experience with a sommelier on site. fun for a birthday.

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    1. re: empath3000
      smokeandapancake Feb 9, 2010 07:47 AM

      no food at campbell.

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        mom22tots Feb 18, 2010 08:51 AM

        I believe you have to bring in an off-premise caterer

    2. princeofpork Feb 9, 2010 08:04 AM

      The 2nd floor of BLT Fish does a great private space. Dont miss out.

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        iluvcookies Feb 9, 2010 12:56 PM

        I agree with BLT Fish. We had a work function there not too long ago. Not sure of the price, but they are willing to work with you for private events. Nice loft-like space, too.

      2. LeahBaila Feb 18, 2010 09:29 AM

        Can't quote prices, but there's no harm in looking in to:
        Empire Hotel (roof deck)
        MoBar at the Mandarin Oriental
        The Bowery Hotel
        Hudson Terrace
        Cooper Sq. Hotel
        The World Bar at the Trump World Tower


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          taboo Feb 18, 2010 11:31 AM

          I threw an amazing bday party for someone with food, open bar, etc. It was at the bar in Trump World on 48th street. They did a fantastic job and came in way below your budget.

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            ccinps Feb 23, 2010 03:58 PM

            Thanks everyone. We've chosen Mercat--someone suggested it earlier, but then deleted their post. They've been very accommodating on budget and the food is great.

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