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Where to host a 40th birthday-sit down, 20 people??

lmcnamara Mar 18, 2011 02:25 AM

Looking for a great place to host a sit down, black tie, 40th birthday party for my husband. Would ideally love a private dining room space to hold it in. Would love to find a great restaurant with a reasonable wine list, where we can bring our own ipod! Thoughts?

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    gutsofsteel Mar 18, 2011 05:41 AM

    Please tell us what your budget is, including tax, tip, and beverages.

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    1. re: gutsofsteel
      lmcnamara Mar 18, 2011 07:26 AM

      Sorry, yes there is definitely a budget. So far I have gotten quotes of around $50/pp not including wine, tax or tip. What should I expect to pay for it all included with wine pp? Not sure how to ask guests to pay or should I just pay for all wine, they pay for food?

      1. re: lmcnamara
        gutsofsteel Mar 18, 2011 07:49 AM

        I don't think we can help you with your decisions about who should pay for what, but you need to decide what your total budget is, including food, tax, tip, beverages. Then we can better help you. Also how many people are you expecting to feed? Who has given you quotes so far? What restaurants? And what is a "reasonable" wine list - are you talking about price or selection?

        1. re: gutsofsteel
          lmcnamara Mar 18, 2011 08:11 AM

          20 people as stated in the title. $70/pp. Casa La Femme and Delmonicos. Looking for just a house red...nothing fancy.

          Casa La Femme
          140 Charles St, New York, NY 10014

    2. ttoommyy Mar 18, 2011 07:09 AM

      If budget is not problem, Del Posto has some lovely private dining options and it is such a beautiful backdrop for a black-tie affair. Not sure about the iPod though. You'd have to ask.

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

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        msny98 Mar 18, 2011 08:15 AM

        Check Compass on the UWS, they have a few great private spaces that could possibly seat 20. The food may or may not please but I bet they could do a menu for $50 before tax/tip. They are open to BYO wine options. I have had a number of wine dinners there.

        Also have a look at il Corso in midtown, They have a back room that you might take over and are also BYO amenable.

        If you are supplying wine at a BYO amenable place and don't plan to pay for the meal just make it clear to guests upfront.

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          lmcnamara Mar 18, 2011 08:21 AM

          Thank you! Those sound good, I'm gonna check on those and I like the idea of the BYO...

          1. re: lmcnamara
            msny98 Mar 18, 2011 08:30 AM

            Add Viceversa in midtown west to the list, they have a lot of space if not seperate rooms and can do a table for 20.

            Budget matters a lot. I am not suggesting anything where you can't do food for under $50. If you're willing to go higher and want beef, Bobby Vans on 54th has a great back room where I have done many a wine dinner. Uncle Jacks on 56th has an upstairs area that you could get a seperated are in as well.

            Midtown "business" places and theater district places tend to court customers for a Saturday 8:00 dinner for 20

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