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This might be impossible, but I'm looking for a place to hold my rehearsal dinner in September that will fit 75-100 people for no more than $50 per person, including food, drink, tax and tip. Pretty much all of our guests are from out of town, and our families are insisting that all of the out-of-towners are invited. We are somewhat flexible with location since we live in Manhattan but our wedding is in Brooklyn (and that's where our guests are staying). Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails are definitely ok instead of a sit down dinner. We are very flexible with cuisine, as well. The big objective is to find a restaurant or bar that can accommodate that many people in a private space (and on the ground level since our elderly grandparents can't do stairs, or with an elevator). Any and all suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!!

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  1. The Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, in SoHo, does fairly affordable events in an interesting setting. Their prices are very reasonable, although normally higher than what you're looking for, but they might be able to work with you.

    1. Otto is a great choice. It's right in between the west and east village, has very reasonably priced and delicious food and a huge wine list.

      1. Try posting on the Brooklyn board. People there may know good places at a better price point.

        1. We did ours at the old Second Avenue deli. Obviously it was pretty casual, but it was a treat for the out-of-towners to have something so "New York." You might want to go that route and try something similar like pizza, Chinese, etc. and you'll definitely stay in budget.

          1. We had ours in Chinatown at a favorite restaurant that's long gone, but was on East Broadway. It was not too expensive, a great variety of food and really fun. There are plenty of Chinese restaurants with festive banquet spaces - even if nothing comes of it, it would be fun (and tasty) to check out the possibilities..

            1. Check with Landmarc TWC. They have two event rooms in the back that could fit all of your guests. I don't know what their pricing scheme would be for a large, group dinner, but $50 / person would be fine ordering a la carte.

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              1. Thanks everyone! This is a great list so far.

                1. e. village's li'l frankie's on 1st avenue (cross street: 1st) might work if you rent out the entire restaurant for the evening. good, solid italian food.

                  other options, such as in brooklyn, might be fiore in williamsburg, or baci & abbracci.

                  both are italian.