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Complicated dinner for 9 on a Friday night

jrabbit2727 Apr 22, 2011 05:22 PM

Need a recommendation for a dinner spot for 9 people of all different types.

Ages from 23 to 65. Some veggies (eat fish but no meat)...others very carniverous. Some real foodies....some with fat wallets....some with more modest tastes and budgets.

This is a birthday celebration - so we want it to be special, a little fancy and with amazing food for everyone.

We are all located midtown but could go anywhere...but preferably not too far.


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    gutsofsteel RE: jrabbit2727 Apr 22, 2011 05:33 PM

    What would you like it to cost per person, with tax, tip and beverages?

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      jrabbit2727 RE: gutsofsteel Apr 22, 2011 05:46 PM

      Good question. but rather than per person...let's just say that I don't want a place were the mains are over $35.

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        gutsofsteel RE: jrabbit2727 Apr 22, 2011 05:55 PM

        Tax is 8.75%, tip is 20%, beverages.....depends on what everybody drinks. 35 entree, 18 appetizer, drinks, tax, tip...dessert...coffee...not cheap. Maybe you should think about what you want the budget to be per person.

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          jrabbit2727 RE: gutsofsteel Apr 22, 2011 05:58 PM

          Ok - so let's say $80 per person.....as I said....it's a birthday dinner so even those with a tighter budget will be willing to splurge.

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            jrabbit2727 RE: jrabbit2727 Apr 22, 2011 06:08 PM

            Here's what I'm considering so far...Balthazar, Scarpetta, Craft.

            355 West 14th Street, New York, NY 10014

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              gutsofsteel RE: jrabbit2727 Apr 22, 2011 06:27 PM

              Balthazar at dinner is like eating in a subway station - so loud and crowded. And it's not worthy of a birthday dinner anyway.

              The other two are very good. I'm partial to Craft.

              Are you talking about $80 per person including tax, tip and beverages?

              80 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

              43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

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                jrabbit2727 RE: gutsofsteel Apr 22, 2011 06:32 PM

                Good to know re Balthazar.....thanks for that. I'm thinking $80 per person before tax and tip.

                Any other suggetions? Maybe something more bistro-like? Balthazar without the noise?

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                  RGR RE: jrabbit2727 Apr 23, 2011 04:11 AM

                  You might want to consider dbBistro Moderne, one of 4-star Chef Daniel Boulud's restaurants. It's casual, but just upscale enough for a celebratory occasion. The menu's focus is contemporary French bistro cuisine. Main course prices fit your budget (just one dish on the current menu is north of $35). The food, of course, is excellent. Good service and pleasant atmospherics, i.e. lively but still conversation-friendly. I prefer the rear dining room to the front.

                  dbBistro photos:



                  DB Bistro Moderne
                  55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036

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      missem500 RE: jrabbit2727 Apr 23, 2011 04:58 AM

      Orsay on Lex and 75th could handle your large group. It's a French brasserie. And I find it to be far better than Balthazar - which constantly disappoints me.

      1057-59 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10021

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