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new2chow Jan 21, 2011 09:45 AM

Hi,

I am planning a small party (about 10 people) for my father's 70th birthday in a couple of months. His only request is that we go to a restaurant where he will be able to hear everyone, so either a quiet restaurant or one with a private or semi-private area for the table. I have been thinking about having the dinner at a steakhouse because they serve his favorite foods, but I don't have a ton of experience eating at them. I know Sparks and Uncle Jack's have private rooms, but I haven't tried either of those. Can anyone recommend one over the other or any other restaurant in Manhattan that would fit the bill?

Thanks so much for your help!

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    flavrmeistr Jan 21, 2011 09:58 AM

    I think the Old Homestead has a private room.

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    Old Homestead
    56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

    1. bigmackdaddy Jan 21, 2011 10:16 AM

      I was recently at Uncle Jack's and I was very underwhelmed by their food. Very disappointing.

      1. Motosport Jan 21, 2011 11:58 AM

        Gallaghers has private rooms.

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          jharawitz Jan 21, 2011 12:06 PM

          I don't know if they have a small private space that would work for you ,but I took my mom to BLT prime for her 65th borthday a couple of weeks ago and the food and service was amazing. Steak was better then Peter Lugar.

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            edible n Jan 21, 2011 12:46 PM

            I'd recommend BLT Prime, I don't know if they have a private room, but they have an upstairs seating area that is a little bit smaller and away from the downstairs crowd. The steaks are very good and they also have other menu items that are also very good.

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            BLT Prime
            111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

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              sugartoof Jan 21, 2011 01:01 PM

              Strip House has large round tables. Both the food and acoustics are superior to BLT Prime.

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              BLT Prime
              111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

              Strip House
              13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

              1. steve h. Jan 21, 2011 01:39 PM

                Keens has a number of private rooms upstairs. The Lillie Langtry Room might work for your group.

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                  foodwhisperer Jan 21, 2011 02:43 PM

                  Definitely Keen's, not only can you hear everyone, the food is great, and they have cool history there. You can maybe get the Lincoln room

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                    Simon Jan 22, 2011 02:35 PM

                    agreed: definitely Keens...a wonderful place for a celebration...in addition to the steak, the prime rib, the mutton chop,and oysters have always been very yummy when i've been there...

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                      steve h. Jan 22, 2011 02:42 PM

                      Don't forget the Scotch.

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                        sam1 Apr 27, 2011 06:54 PM

                        the only steak i crave is the porterhouse from keens.

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                        Keens
                        72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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                  ris Jan 21, 2011 02:50 PM

                  We did a dinner for 10 at Quality Meats which was great. Not a private room, but a nice round table out of the way.

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                  Quality Meats
                  57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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                    steakrules85 Jan 21, 2011 05:34 PM

                    Keens and Old Homestead are incredible and have private rooms. Quality Meats is another great recommendation.

                    Strip House is amazing but it may be more difficult to accomodate party of 10. BLT Prime is also great, but again not sure about the private room. Avoid Sparks- they do not have bone-in steaks.

                    I believe Wolfgang's has a private room.

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                    BLT Prime
                    111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

                    Quality Meats
                    57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

                    Old Homestead
                    56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                    Strip House
                    13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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                      ESNY Jan 22, 2011 07:40 AM

                      Forget about bone-in, they don't even have dry-aged steaks. Criminal at those prices.

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                        mstinawu Apr 27, 2011 05:30 PM

                        Beautiful steaks at the Old Homestead! Go for just the steak--their sides and apps are all mediocre.

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                        Old Homestead
                        56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                          steakrules85 Apr 28, 2011 03:49 AM

                          I actually think they do great apps and sides as well as wonderful steak. Their shrimp are tremendous and the kobe bacon is unbelievable.

                          For sides I think their steak fries are some of the best around. The creamed spinac is also traditional and an exemplary version. Truffled macand cheese is terrific as well. The only area they don't truly impress for me is dessert. Just nothing that stands out.

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                          sam1 Apr 27, 2011 07:07 PM

                          i respectfully disagree about the old homestead. they undercooked my medium rare prime rib...it was frozen in the center.

                          the place is meant to get your money as quickly as possible for crap steak.

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                          RayP Jan 22, 2011 03:22 PM

                          Ben and Jacks IMO is as good as Lugers!
                          They have 2 locations one on 5th ave and the other on 44th St.
                          Both have private rooms but I would rec 5th ave location as the private rooms are nicer and probably more quiet.

                          www.benandjackssteakhouse.com

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                            gutsofsteel Apr 27, 2011 06:39 PM

                            I had a truly horrendous meal at Ben & Jack's.

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                            Ben & Jack's
                            219 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017

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                              Wilfrid Apr 27, 2011 08:10 PM

                              I bet I had a worse one at Uncle Jack's. The best place in Manhattan is Wolfgang's (there are two of them). Call to ask about private rooms.

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                              Uncle Jack's Steakhouse
                              440 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10001

                              Uncle Jack's Steakhouse
                              44 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019

                              Wolfgang's
                              4 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

                              Wolfgang's
                              409 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

                              Wolfgang's
                              200 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

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                                boredough Apr 28, 2011 01:34 AM

                                There are 3 Wolfgang's now...Greenwich St, East 54th(newest), & Park Ave(original).

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                            StephanieClay Apr 27, 2011 10:27 PM

                            Another hand up for Old Homestead!

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                            Old Homestead
                            56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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                              rruben1 Apr 28, 2011 01:43 AM

                              I had dinner at Keen's a few nights ago, and it was flawless. Service, ambience and food: every element was perfect. They serve some of the best french fries in the city, an exemplary NY strip, a great porterhouse, fine soups and salads, and a perfect grilled sole. Even the desserts are delicious and well-presented. Five straight perfect dinners at Keen's for me and my family.

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                                TrishUntrapped Apr 28, 2011 03:03 AM

                                My first dinner last week at Keens was also perfect - food, service, ambiance. The whole package.

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