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Looking for a table for 12 for a wedding dinner. Left it too late for comfort and hoping for suggestions to save the day. Problem is, it's July 29, the last Friday in July. Gay marriage season will probably just be starting. Mazel tov, one and all, but there will obviously be a lot of bookings and we were caught behind in our planning.

We're looking for a classy place, excellent food with some kid accessibility, as 5 diners will be from 9-14. Excellent service, as this is a special dinner.

To give you a sense of the kind of place I dreamed about: I tried Nougatine, but they don't take reservations for more than 8. From descriptions, I would probably like the food at Kefi but fear the room might be a bit rough around the edges for a wedding dinner.

Is a table for 12 ridiculous? Never tried to make a reservation like this before, I'm not a NYC person.

So. Suggestions? Call me dumb if you like, I'm already feeling it, just throw me an idea.

(Extra points for places close to Central Park, where the (short, simple) wedding will happen.)

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Kefi
505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

Nougatine
1 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023

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  1. Kefi does have downstairs rooms- I think some of them might be the right size for a reservation of 12...

    What is your price range? There is a downstairs dining room at Dovetail, which I suggest because you seem to be favoring places on the UWS in walking distance of the park. It is pricey, but is a great space for a private event like this.

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    Kefi
    505 Columbus Avenue, New York, NY 10024

    Dovetail
    103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: InfoMofo

      For something like this, I'm not particularly price sensitive, but this is outside my experience. $50 a person, sure. I'd like to do it for under $100, but what do I know? We're not big drinkers, if that makes any difference.

      I'm not set on a private room, but maybe that's the way to go?

    2. A search on opentable.com reveals plenty of places that can accommodate you. The Four Seasons (pool room) stands out as a good (if pricey) option. Very classy. Very good food. Appropriately celebratory. You can keep the cost down by ordering from the pre-theater menu ($75/pp). I'm not sure what hours it's offered; give the restaurant a call.

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      The Four Seasons
      99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

      1. Why not the cellar room at Dovetail. I had a graduation dinner there a few years ago and it was perfectly intimate space, but, since it is set apart from the main dining room, you don't have to worry about the kids too much.

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        Dovetail
        103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024

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        1. re: nmprisons

          And the food happens to be really good...

          1. re: nmprisons

            One would think that youngsters 9 to 14 would not be an issue even in the public dining room. However, the cellar room is a great idea more because if guests want to get up and move around, they won't be bothering other patrons. And as Spiritchaser said -- and I'm sure you agree -- the food is delicious.

            Dovetail photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

            http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

            1. re: RGR

              Does anyone know what the cost is for Dovetail's cellar? Do they charge for the use of the room and then have the regular menu or ??

              1. re: Spiritchaser

                No charge, just like eating in the dining room.