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Group spot for 40-somethings on a Saturday night? URGENT

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Hello all,

I have been asked to coordinate and "After-Party" for my H.S. reunion group. We all went to a school for the arts so it's a pretty outgoing fun-loving group. But they ARE in their 40's so a typical club probably won't go over well.

We'll be arriving after dinner on a Saturday night - around 8 or 9 pm, so the quality of the food is not as important as the amount of space (@30 people) and the ability to mix & mingle and talk animatedly.

I was thinking that midtown east or the Diamond District would be great because most establishments rely on the businesses in the area for their big crowds. So Saturday = no big crowds, right??

I figure there must be some spaces that are dying for an infusion of bodies and won't charge an arm and a leg for the privilege. A minimum bill of is fine. But charging each person to get in is not.
To get an idea of what I have thought of so far, I have put in a call to The Public House near Grand Central I know they have at least one moderate-sized back room.

I only have a couple of weeks so I really need the help of my fellow foodies. I know this is not really a food question, but I imagine that many of you have attended events in these types of places so I hope you can help. THANK YOU!

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Public House
140 E 41st St, New York, NY 10017

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