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Really could use the help of a few chowhounds here. We're looking to host a post-christening party for about 20 people next Saturday- unfortunately at a somewhat awkward hour (3pm). To add to the mix, we have a pretty strict budget of around $1500 all in. Event will take place in midtown at St Pats, and we live in Gramercy are, so would like to find somewhere convenient to either.

Does anyone have any venue suggestions for a late lunch or other type of reception that might fit the bill?

Very much appreciate any thoughts you may have!

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  1. Resto is open all afternoon on Saturdays and might be able to accommodate your party size and budget.

    http://www.restonyc.com/largegroups.asp

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    Resto
    111 East 29th Street, New York, NY 10016

    1. I believe Punch is open and might work for you, and they have a very nice lunch menu with a lot of options. Would also suggest Craftbar.

      1. Hi where did you end up having your lunch? I'm in the same boat now. Thanks!

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        1. re: Yvo48x

          We've had to do it twice now. The first time, we ended up at Carmines- not my first choice but it fit the budget. The second time, we did it at Blue Water Grill, would definitely recommend!

        2. Near the church,
          La bonne soupe may work
          Fig and Olive is also close by, great for group
          Fresco by Scotto really close by too