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nen618 Feb 20, 2010 12:41 PM

Hi everyone,
I am hosting an event called dining out for the air force ROTC. It is held every year and is a sit down dinner with cocktails before hand. Last year it was held at tavern on the green but as it is sadly now closed, a new venue is needed. Does anyone know a restaurant that can provide a private party for about 130 people for $60 or under per person?

PLEASE HELP!
thank you :)

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  1. tbear Feb 20, 2010 12:52 PM

    I went to an event ar Opia restaurant on 57th st recently. The food was very good and it is a pretty nice room. I understand from the host that it was reasonable.

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      small h Feb 20, 2010 01:11 PM

      You might want to give your post a more descriptive title.

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        gutsofsteel Feb 20, 2010 01:19 PM

        Not sure why air force is relevant to your question.

        Does that $60 include tax, tip, and booze?

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          nen618 Feb 20, 2010 01:30 PM

          I thought it was relevant so people know what kind of event it is, so they give me venues that would be appropriate for such an event and not like a birthday party or something, i just thought it was helpful. The $60 per person would include everything yes, but an open bar is not necessary as the air force has a 2 drink maximum at such events. Last year at tavern on the green we had a cocktail hour and sit down dinner ( with pre-set menu) for around this price per person. I would like to find a similar type of thing.

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            gutsofsteel Feb 20, 2010 01:51 PM

            I have no idea what "kind of event" an airforce ROTC group would want.

            $60 to include everything, tax, 20% service, drinks....that's going to be very very difficult. Maybe a Chinese banquet.

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              nen618 Feb 21, 2010 12:10 PM

              the "kind of event" would be a classy venue not like a club or loud crazy place, more of a private conservative feel. that's what "that kind of event" is. tavern on the green did it for around that price so its not impossible so hopefully i find a place, if you have any other suggestion, like you have been to an event somewhere, or know of any restaurants or venues that could hold that many people and do private parties, that would be what i am looking for.

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                gutsofsteel Feb 21, 2010 12:23 PM

                Tavern On The Green notwithstanding, I cannot think of any "classy" place than can do a private event for $60 per person including food, booze, tax, and service.

                Perhaps somewhere outside of the city....?

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            pikawicca Feb 21, 2010 01:30 PM

            Let this Air Force brat enlighten readers. A Dining Out is a formal military dinner, usually accompanied by speeches. It is designed to build unit cohesion and esprit du corps. These dinners are usually held at officers' clubs on Air Force bases, but a rather formal restaurant with a large enough private room would work.

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              nen618 Feb 22, 2010 08:21 AM

              THANK YOU PIKAWICCA!

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            jinglejangle Feb 21, 2010 12:42 PM

            To narrow down your choices you may want to go to Open Table and click "large pary and banquet" on the left side of the home page. It will give you responses and then you can further narrow down by cuisine, price, etc. Lots of options. Good luck.

            1. jacquelines Feb 21, 2010 01:01 PM

              I am not sure why people seem to be giving you a difficult time here, but, I think I can help out a bit.
              I'd check out Brasserie 8 1/2, Marseille, Indochine, Tribeca Grill, Beacon, Bobby Van's, Inside Park at St. Bart's (quite lovely) and maybe Keen's.

              I hopse this gets you started or at least helps a bit.

              Cheers!

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                gutsofsteel Feb 21, 2010 01:04 PM

                If any of those places will do an event for 130 people for $60 per person including food, booze, tax, and service....I'll eat my shorts.

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                  nen618 Feb 22, 2010 08:24 AM

                  thank you! that is a good start :)

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                  rrems Feb 21, 2010 02:16 PM

                  You might want to try a private club rather than a restaurant. The Yale Club is just one example of a club that accommodates events like this, and they can probably work within your budget.

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                    gutsofsteel Feb 21, 2010 05:46 PM

                    You have to be a member of the Yale Club...

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                      rrems Feb 21, 2010 06:34 PM

                      Not necessarily. Out of 130 people, someone might have a connection to Yale. Call and ask to speak to the general manager, and it can probably be done.

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                        uwsister Feb 22, 2010 10:33 PM

                        I think you at least need a Yale alumnus/alumna for a reference, but I could be wrong. I've been to a wedding there and it's a lovely place. Classy but not stuffy. I honestly don't know if $60/person would be enough though. I know Tavern on the Green did it but then again Tavern on the Green was an event factory.

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                        jacquelines Feb 21, 2010 06:49 PM

                        Get your shorts, salt and pepper them and, well, you figure out the rest.

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                        Jane A. Feb 21, 2010 07:21 PM

                        Try The National Arts Club on Gramercy Park S. I'm not sure if they're big enough though. Also, St. Bart's (Bartholomew) Church restaurant. I think it's a good size for you and with a set dinner they may well be able to make your price. 51st St. & Park Avenue. It's called Inside Park: http://www.stbarts.org/page.asp?ID=188

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                          nen618 Feb 22, 2010 08:26 AM

                          Thanks for the link and you're the second person to suggest that so i'll defiantly check it out.

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                            aguy239 Feb 22, 2010 10:29 AM

                            Also, the University Club on 54th would be a great fit for your event. Formal, elegant slightly old-fashioned rooms of different sizes, and they do this kind of every single night. Feels like an old style officers' club (at least the ones of my imagination!)

                            Also, Guastavino's. Perfect location, very good food, and plenty of room for your Dining Out.

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