I want to throw my husband a surprise 35th bday party for approximately 50 people. Full meal not necessary, appetizers, drinks, desert fine; would love to have a DJ. Not fancy, must be fun. Budget $3k.
Possibly the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, on Crosby St. in SoHo. Their functions generally are more expensive (more like $100/person), but perhaps they can accommodate your budget if you're not doing a full meal.