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Replacement for O'Neals' for group dinner

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I was coordinating dinner for a group of people from the area (some New Yorkers, some out-of-towners) who gather every year in New York for a dinner not associated with any particular event, though proximity to Lincoln Center is important. For the past two years we have used O'Neals' which has just announced that it's closing (I had already made reservations for July 10, and yes we know that is a dead time for concerts). Now I am faced with the need to find a comparable place and unfortunately I am not one of the city dwellers (in fact I live in the Adirondacks and was doing everything long distance and online). Those who are NYC people have started suggesting places, with Josephina's coming up twice now. But it is one thing to be the liaison for a known destination that everyone already liked, and another to pick one from among many while coordinating all the members' wishes from a distance via a message board. Therefore I'm relying on my highly knowledgeable Chowhound friends to help me to narrow down the choices, perhaps by providing a short list that I can compare with what the members, who are varyingly knowledgeable about eating in Manhattan, are telling me. The place should if possible be comparable to O'Neals' in cuisine, atmosphere, and price range. It needs to have a private room that could accommodate between 20 and 40 people, which is available for dinners running from 5:00 through the evening. I will be very grateful for any help you can give.

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O'Neal's
49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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  1. I would stick to Josephina's, similar (and better) than O'Neals. One other option would be PJ Clarke's, but don't know if they have a private room. One other idea, Landmark in the Time Warner Center, which isn't too far from Lincoln Center.

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    O'Neal's
    49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023

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    1. re: owlwoman

      Another vote for Josephina's. It's where I would take a group. You're guest list can check the menu at menupages.com. I would also work hard to avoid Chowder House at the old Empire Hotel site. An disappointing experience which I don't want to repeat.

    2. P.J. Clarkes (Lincoln Center) is nearby and similar cuisine. They do have a nice private room that will fit your group.

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      P.J. Clarke's
      250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

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      1. re: stephaniec25

        PJ Clarke's or Josephina's should work just fine. I personally never really liked O'Neals.

        Landmark I feel its in a price range up. If OP is looking to spend that extra, I think its a good idea. But, s/he says comparable price in his post...

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        O'Neal's
        49 W 64th St, New York, NY 10023