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Nov 5, 2010 09:27 AM

Urgent help needed for reception venue, UWS.

I'm trying to help someone out and i'm stumped. They need a venue suitable for a post Christening reception for 40-50 people. The Christening is happening on W.82 so close-ish to there would be best.

Any suggestions gratefully received as no where comes to mind right now. Its in a week as well so time is of the essence.


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  1. Not sure of your budget or cuisine preferences, but Kefi on Columbus between 84th and 85th can host large parties.

    (click on "Events"


    505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

    1. Try Citrus - Amsterdam and 85th St. They have a room that can accommodate 50 easily, and the food and service are great.

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      1. re: mmann15

        I've always found Citrus's food to be underwhelming. Their sushi is worse than most sushi places and their mexican/latin dishes are worse than a good latin food place. I guess if the idea is that you go there if you can't decide what to eat or have people who want both types of cuisine, then it works. Otherwise there are better places to eat.

        Kefi is a decent option, although I've always enjoyed their mezze dishes much more than their entrees. Betolla is an Italian place in the area and their food and prices are quite excellent. Only issue would be how many they can accommodate because it isn't a large restaurant. I imagine they can seat 50 but I'm pretty bad at judging things like that. Gari is in the area if people like sushi. They can probably seat that many people but I would guess that in a group of 50 you'll probably have at least 10 who won't eat sushi. The poster below also mentioned Calle Ocho and while I haven't been there, I've heard its decent.

      2. Calle Ocho, Columbus 81/82, has been great for large parties.

        Calle Ocho
        45 W 81st St, New York, NY 10024

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        1. re: CatoUWS

          Thanks for all the help so far!!

        2. Arte Cafe, it is on 73rd closer to columbus. Has a great back room. We had a Christening there and it worked out very well

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