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Apr 5, 2010 01:31 PM

Large Group Dinner. Need Suggestions!

I am trying to organize a birthday dinner for my friend in Manhattan on Friday April 16. This is for a large group of ~25 and the it shouldn't cost more than $40- $50 a head. There will be a good amount of college students and I want to be able to accommodate their budgets.

My first few choices were Stanton Social, Spice Market, Buddakan, and Alta...but they were not able to accommodate us or the prefix menu was out of our range.

I really need to figure out the restaurant soon and I am looking for suggestions of similar restaurants that I can try. I want a place with a nice ambiance anywhere in the city. I prefer a place that is trendy and energetic, but I will take any and all suggestions.

Please advise.

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Stanton Social
99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

Spice Market
403 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

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  1. I would really appreciate the help!

    1. If you can go a LITTLE bit higher (can't tell if $50pp includes drinks or not), I would do Jane or The Smith. 25 is a pretty large group on relatively short notice.

      1. I can't think of anything that meets both your price & trendiness requirements, but about 18 months ago I planned a birthday gathering of 20ish people at Cacio e Vino in the East Village. It's a nice enough place, and the food's pretty good. Not spectacular, but there's something for everyone, provided everyone likes Italian. And with some sharing of pizzas and appetizers, you can definitely get out for under $50/pp, with wine, if no one goes nuts. One caveat: our check was miscalculated (way low), which got us all excited, but then the restaurant realized its mistake, and we all had to kick in extra $$$. So do your own math at ordering time, to avoid the elation/disappointment thing, which is a downer at birthdays. Or anytime, really.

        1. Try Bacaro.

          136 Division St, New York, NY 10002

          4 Replies
          1. re: eeee

            thanks for the replies.
            what does everyone think about dos caminos on 3rd?

            1. re: rabka

              I was able to get an a la carte reservation at dos caminos 3rd. I know the restaurant isn't received too warmly on this website but it may be a good option based on my budget and short notice. What I want to know is if the soho location is decidedly better for a younger, trendier crowd...

              1. re: rabka

                I've never dined at the Soho one, only the Park Ave location, but there is a nice outdoor space at the Soho one, and it always looks very crowded from the sidewalk!

                1. re: rabka

                  I went for a bachelorett party (tribeca location) and it was perfect - trendy and fun with ok-enough food. Ours cost $90 per person, though, because someone ordered (way too much) guacamole and people had margaritas which themselves are like $12 a piece. Might cause frustration with the bill later (I only drank beer, I didn't try the guac....)