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Best Italian For a Group/Birthday?

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Hi everyone:

First post on the boards here....

My father's 70th birthday is coming up in July and I'm trying to find a great Italian place to take him, the fam and friends. The group will prob. be about 15-20 people total and I'd ideally like to find a private room to accommodate. While Manhattan is preferred, I'd be willing to take the crew to the Bronx.

Any suggestions?


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  1. It would help to know what your price range is. Some places that come to mind are Crispo, Convivio and SD26.

    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

    1. the Wine room is great at Trattoria dell' Arte

      Arte Cafe
      106 W 73rd St, New York, NY 10023

      1. Really depends on your budget. If the sky's the limit...Del Posto.


        1. Aroma is wonderful and has private room space - I think it can be quite large or divided by a curtain. Call and check with them. They have a somewhat intense staircase down to the room though - so guests should be sure-footed.
          I'd second Crispo as an option for a large party as well, though it can be loud.

          240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

          1. I highly recommend Maialino. They have a private room though you'd have to check as to exactly how many it can hold.

            Maialino photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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            1. re: RGR

              holy cow - that private dinner thing is $150/pp.

            2. If money isn't a factor, they can turn the back of the dining room in Marea into a private room.

              240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

              1. I second Del Posto if you can drop the bucks. Less of a financial hit: Maialino or Locanda Verde, both have private rooms.


                Del Posto
                85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                Locanda Verde
                377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

                2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010