Private Dining - EMP, SHO, Cafe Boulud, or Picholine?
I'm planning a dinner for 15 early next year.
So far, Eleven Madison Park, SHO Shaun Hergatt, Cafe Boulud, and Picholine have offered private rooms and food/beverage packages that are within my budget.
I don't live in NYC and have not been to any of these restaurants. I've searched the board and Cafe Boulud and Picholine seem to get universal praise, whereas the reviews for EMP and SHO appear to be mixed.
Our group will include both picky and adventurous eaters. Two diners are allergic to wheat and dairy, but all four restaurants said they can work around those restrictions.
I would appreciate any feedback. Thanks.
20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023
SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004
I can't speak to the other places you mention, HM, but I've had five different (board-related) dinners in EMP's private rooms and they're always very, very nice. The entire restaurant space is a former bank and the designers converted the old VP offices (high above the retail floor) into private rooms. The service there is always diligent and the "hovering above" [a physical separateness that New Yorkers crave like mother's milk & velvet rope] is palpable. Toss in an exquisite menu, and you have a winner for your dinner.
re: H Manning
There are actually two rooms above, and, yes, you can see the floor below through their windows (although why would you want to?)
EDIT: Every restaurant you name is a good one, HM; you can't go wrong with any in terms of cuisine. I'd recommend -given your criterion- you pay more attention to the space than the plate.