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Jan 2, 2011 11:50 PM

14 Aussie girls looking for place to celebrate 40th birthday

Hi all,

A reasonable sized group of us are coming over to NYC from Australia in April to celebrate a 40th birthday. The birthday girl is a foodie but also a major funster so we are looking for somewhere with exceptional food (and service), a fun atomosphere and located not too far from somewhere to hit some bars or pubs for an "80's" boogy afterwards. Prefer somewhere not seafood focussed.

We are staying in Chelsea but happy to make our way anywhere that is going to guarantee an unforgettable night of food and fun.


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  1. A degustation / tasting menu would be terrific if anyone could recommend something along those lines

    1. What is your budget per person, including tip, tax, and booze/wine?

      1. River Park might float your boat. Take a look at their menu.

        1. For 14 Sheilas staying in Chelsea looking for place to celebrate 40th birthday:


          75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

          1. It's me - the mysterious one who posted this query.

            To answer a couple of questions and clarify a few things.......

            Budget - unlimited (up to say $300 per head) - we want to do this properly but it would be great to be able to find a place that does BYO as well as table service

            River Park - looks great - thanks for the suggestion

            Buddakan - is on the list of possibilities

            Sheilas - NOT!!

            75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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            1. re: dmkred

              Why BYO? Do you plan to bring special bottles from Australia and want to open them in the restaurant? Also bear in mind that many places will not take a reservation for 14 people.

              You might consider calling Eleven Madison Park and arranging a meal in one of their private rooms. Very festive, and it's the best restaurant in NYC. I think for a party of 14 that would make the most sense - you can't reserve for 14 in the main dining room I believe.

              Please don't go to Buddakan - it's not worthy of your occasion.

              Eleven Madison Park
              11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010