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Apr 4, 2011 04:53 PM

Private room in Chelsea restaurant?

I looking to host a post-art gallery opening cocktail party in Chelsea in late May. I'm planning for about 25 guests for drinks and stand-up food (eg, tapas, buffet, passed hors d'oevres) in a fun, lively and hopefully delicious restaurant. Ideally, I would like to find a private or semi-private room in Chelsea where guests could come in and stay or visit for a short time before they move on to their next event. The cocktail party would be from 8pm to 11pm or so on a Thursday evening.

Not looking for a formal sit down event. But, am hoping for more than pizza and beer. Any style or ethnicity is fine so long as the atmoshphere is fun and the food good to very good.

Any chowhound recommendations for a possible venue for this kind of event?

Thanks for your suggestions.

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  1. Replying to my own post, my further research reveals that Tio Pol and The Park have private rooms in the general Chelsea neighborhood. Any opinion of these two restaurants?


    Tia Pol
    205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

    The Park
    118 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: cortez

      I've been to both these restaurants, although not for a long while (about a year ago) and I would recommend Tia Pol if food is your priority. I've had many meals there, and they never disappoint. I've been to the back room for a NYE bash, and it's intimate, and almost bunker like. But with the candles and lighting, it was great.
      AS for The Park, I've never been to the private room, but the space in general is pretty spectacular. But I've been there a few times and the food was ALWAYS disappointing. But I think people go there for the ambiance, and the food isn't very complicated, so it seems to do quite well.
      But for my money, Tiapol for sure. Great tapas, great wines and Sangrias! Fava bean spread, pork belly (it was a special of the day) and their potatas bravas are just lovely.

      Tia Pol
      205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: lamtime

        Thanks Lamtime.

        We booked the Park because it could accommodate a group of 25-35 in The Atrium, one of it's private rooms. As you mentioned, the food looks just adequate and not as good as Tio Pol. But, for this kind of standing cocktail party, The Park offered a custom menu of finger food in a room big enough to handle the group.

        Thanks again for your thoughts and recommendations.