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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?

Thanks!
Dave

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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.

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    Crispo
    240 W 14th St, New York, NY 10011

    Convivio
    45 Tudor City Place, New York, NY 10017

    SD26
    19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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

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

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

        http://www.delposto.com/dining.htm

        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.

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          Crispo
          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.