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Need a place for a birthday dinner upper east or west side

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normnew Feb 24, 2010 05:50 PM

I am having a surprise birthday dinner for an 85 year old relative for somewhere between 15-30 people. Most of the guests are older and a number live on the upper east side ... trying to minimize traveling for them. Also looking for a place that will have a private space we can use. Italian, French or American is good. I'm planning on about $100/person. Haven't been able to find the right place and I'm running out of time. Thanks

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    gutsofsteel RE: normnew Feb 24, 2010 05:59 PM

    Make some calls:

    Cafe Boulud
    Jean-Georges at The Mark

    1. coasts RE: normnew Feb 24, 2010 06:51 PM

      Bistro Chat Noir?

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        normnew RE: normnew Feb 26, 2010 01:21 PM

        Cafe Boulud and jean Georges I;m afraid are above he price range ...but thanks

        1. Toot RE: normnew Feb 26, 2010 01:31 PM

          Le Refuge, French bistro on 83rd bet. Lex and Park. They have private rooms and the food, although not innovative is very good.

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            Toot RE: Toot Feb 26, 2010 01:35 PM

            Actually is on 82nd bet Lex and 3rd Aves, www.lerefugenyc.com

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            fm1963 RE: normnew Feb 26, 2010 02:49 PM

            Square Meal should be able to design a menu within your parameters.

            http://www.squaremealnyc.com/

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              Simon RE: normnew Feb 26, 2010 02:58 PM

              it's out of your specified location, but a private room at Keens (36th, at 6th Ave) would be a lovely space for that

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                normnew RE: normnew Feb 27, 2010 06:53 AM

                I have a call in to La Refuge, Square Meal no longer has a private room and doesn't do private parties on Saturdays. Does anyone know Primavera's private room? Basement wine cellar? And how is the food there? Haven't been there for several years. I'm trying to do this long distance, don't live in NY so any help appreciated.

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                  stephaniec25 RE: normnew Feb 27, 2010 06:55 AM

                  What about Accademia di Vino? There is one on the east side that I have been to numerous times and a new one on the UWS. I think they do have private rooms and it's good Italian food in a nice wine cellar atmosphere.

                  Just checked the website and they do have private banquet rooms.

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                  normnew RE: normnew Feb 27, 2010 07:07 AM

                  Just spoke to Academia di Vino - the manager will get back to me but the person I spoke to said she thought menu without beverages would be about $120...

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                    stephaniec25 RE: normnew Feb 27, 2010 04:42 PM

                    Wow! Must be some kind of set menu because the prices there are quite reasonable normally.

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                    christinaemcc RE: normnew Mar 1, 2010 06:17 PM

                    cafe d'alsace (sp?) - 2nd @ 88th (or maybe 89th?)

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                      normnew RE: christinaemcc Mar 3, 2010 01:36 PM

                      Does anyone know Carravaggio on 74th st? They seem to have a reasonably priced menu for a party, still waiting on the beverage price. Also Centolire?
                      Thanks

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