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LTSomma Mar 30, 2011 02:15 PM

This July will be my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary and we want to take them for a special dinner in the City. My Dad has been wanting to try Babbo, but they don't take reservations for more than 6 people, so that's out.

Anyone have any clever ideas for where to take this large group (13-15 people)? We want great food, a warm atmosphere and the ability to talk and take our time on this special occasion,

Scarpetta? Peasant?

Any ideas .. even non-Italian .. would be greatly appreciated.

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    gutsofsteel RE: LTSomma Mar 31, 2011 05:01 AM

    Del Posto

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

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      MaggieM2315 RE: gutsofsteel Mar 31, 2011 02:18 PM

      Definitely agree with Del Posto. I organized a dinner for 10 there and it was perfect.

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

    2. sgordon RE: LTSomma Mar 31, 2011 08:11 AM

      If you want to keep a Batali connection, go with Del Posto, Esca or the new Batali/Bastianich meat-palace, Manzo. DP is slightly pricier than Babbo, but the other two are in the same neighborhood. I'm a little wary on recommending DP since their recent price increase - I thought the meal was a good deal at $95, but at $115 - basically adding the cost of an antipasti or primi, but not actually adding anything to the meal - I'm not entirely sure anymore.

      Then there's Michael "Midtown Mario" White's places - Marea and Ai Fiori would be the higher end ones. Personally I'm 50/50 on Marea - loved most of it but could skip the Secondi. Ai Fiori I haven't hit yet, but everyone's saying it's fantastic.

      Scarpetta is excellent - I find Conant a little more subtle, while Babbo tends to smack you upside the head with (admittedly awesome) flavors.

      Peasant is also fantastic. Much more rustic, very good for groups. Was just recommending it in another thread a minute ago.

      I recommend Falai as well - an underrated gem IMHO - with the caveat that it would only work if they'll book you the outdoor table. I'm not entirely sure they'll do that or if they save it for walk-ins, given the whims of summer weather. The inside room might be too tight for a group that large.

      Other names popping to mind: Locanda Verde, Maialino. I know some people are fond of Lincoln, but I find them frighteningly overpriced. Also the vibe there is very cold, not the boisterous fun of a Babbo.

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      Babbo
      110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

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

      Esca
      402 West 43rd Street, New York, NY 10036

      Falai
      68 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002

      Peasant
      194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      Scarpetta
      355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

      Marea
      240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

      Locanda Verde
      377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      Manzo
      200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

      Ai Fiori
      400 5th Ave, New York, NY 10018

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        InfoMofo RE: sgordon Mar 31, 2011 09:00 AM

        just a note- many of these locations will not seat 13. Manzo's reservations cap at 6. I don't believe Scarpetta does large tables either.

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        Scarpetta
        355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

        Manzo
        200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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        Riverman500 RE: LTSomma Mar 31, 2011 08:45 AM

        Maialino, Marea, and Lincoln also have private rooms that can accomodate 13-15 people. All three would be fine alternatives to Babbo.

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        Babbo
        110 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10011

        Maialino
        2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

        Lincoln
        142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

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          Simon RE: LTSomma Mar 31, 2011 02:16 PM

          Scarpetta or Maialino would both work, w/ an edge to Scarpetta...

          for non-Italian, Keens Chophouse is a great place for groups: historic building, yummy steaks/chops/oysters, good wine and bourbon, good service...

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

          Scarpetta
          355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

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