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50th birthday dinner / 3 couples

AGG3 Sep 20, 2010 08:12 AM

upscale, good food, able to have conversation, looking to spend about $100/pp including drinks in early October. Many thanks.

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    mrgdess RE: AGG3 Sep 20, 2010 08:33 AM

    Anywhere in Manhattan? Assuming you aren't huge drinkers, I like Dovetail, Grammercy Tavern, and Babbo for celebratory meals.

    110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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      kathryn RE: mrgdess Sep 20, 2010 04:57 PM

      Caveat that GT and Babbo don't have that many large tables, so they might already be committed on the night(s) you want.

      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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      gutsofsteel RE: AGG3 Sep 20, 2010 08:51 AM

      Hearth would be perfect, as long as you don't drink expensively...

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        AGG3 RE: gutsofsteel Sep 20, 2010 09:27 AM

        Well, now that I think of it, I'll add another $50/pp for the wine :) Yes, anywhere in Manhattan.

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          gutsofsteel RE: AGG3 Sep 20, 2010 09:31 AM

          Craft would be good.
          Still recommend Hearth.

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        mommasue RE: AGG3 Sep 20, 2010 09:59 AM

        I think Il Vagabondo is fun. Neighborhood Italian place with a bocce ball court inside. Food is very good Northern Italian. Rumored to have the best chicken parm in the city. I had a fabulous osso bucco there. Large tables. Easy to talk.
        351 E 62nd St
        NYC, NY 10065
        (212) 832-9221

        Il Vagabondo
        351 E 62nd St, New York, NY 10065

        1. sgordon RE: AGG3 Sep 20, 2010 04:52 PM

          At $100/pp for food alone / $150 w/ drinks:

          Haute Italian is a good bet. You can do four courses (antipasti, pasta, secondi, dolci) for under $100 at Marea ($89 prix fixe), Del Posto ($95 prix fixe), Babbo or Falai (order a la carte - you can easily do four courses for under $100 if you're not ordering the most expensive things on the menu...) As regular haunters of the board will know, I recommend Falai highly - an underrated gem, very creative. Think Mario Batali meets Wylie Dufresne.

          And speaking of Wylie, you could do WD-50 on that budget as well.

          50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

          110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

          68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

          240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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