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14 Aussie girls looking for place to celebrate 40th birthday

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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.

Thanks

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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:

          Buddakan

          http://www.buddakannyc.com/

          http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

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          Buddakan
          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!!

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            Buddakan
            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.

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

            2. Try Jean Georges its excellent or Masa you can go to Bar Masa if 400 dollars per a person is not your thing . I would also suggest The Modern . If your health orientated Rouge Tomate might be good. But in all honesty Momofuku's cheaper eats are just as fun as Jean Georges. Its not fine dining but it is fun. http://www.michelinguide.com/us/nyc_s...

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              Jean Georges
              1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

              Rouge Tomate
              10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022

              Bar Masa
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

              Masa
              10 Columbus Cir, New York, NY 10019

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              1. re: Chadsie

                For 14 guests, Jean Georges and The Modern would put you in private dining rooms which are on separate floors, so the "fun atmosphere" requirement would probably not be met, even though the food is indeed among the best in the city.

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                Jean Georges
                1 Central Park W, New York, NY 10023

              2. Del Posto - The wine tasting room downstairs is perfect, they are accustomed to doing tasting menus. By the way, they just received FOUR STARS from the NY Times. Last time that happened was in the 1970's.

                http://www.delposto.com/home.htm

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

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                1. re: La Mavenette

                  A friend's sister just did a work party in the wine cellar at Del Posto and had a bad meal: food coming out cold, slow, etc. I think the kitchen may have execution-related problems for large groups.

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

                  1. re: kathryn

                    Small groups, too, based on my lunch of 3 people, which was good but suffered from a couple of technical problems you wouldn't expect at a supposedly 4-star restaurant.

                2. you're coming all the way from Oz, so why not do something very NYC. My suggestion would be doing Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse. It's Chintzy, it's FUN, it's great food, very NYC, and did I mention it is FUN? it's a Jewish steakhouse, very old Lower East Side Jewish (the old tenement area for Eastern European Jewish Immigrants) they play sinatra music via a guy on a keyboard, they dance the hora, you become friends with everyone in the restaurant and they will take a reservation of 14 easily. afterwards you can hit lounges and clubs in the LES and East Village.

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                  Sammy's Roumanian
                  157 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

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                  1. re: KobekkoMike

                    I agree that's Sammy's is fun, but they are looking for "exceptional food and service" and Sammy's is not it.