somewhat upscale restaurant with private room for 12 for dinner, preferably below 30th street
We're celebrating our family matriarch's 90th birthday and are looking for a place with a private room. She loves French food. But she's also adventurous for other cuisines. Since this is such an important event, we can splurge but don't want a really high end place (i.e., not Per Se prices but if it was $100-150 per person that would still be okay).
There will be one 5 year old with us (one reason for a private room).
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019
For something adventurous, WD-50 has a private room in their wine cellar that seats up to fourteen people. Minimum is $1400 for food & drink - or $1829 after tax and auto-gratuity of 22%, so it'd be slightly over $150/pp (like, $152) if you limited yourself to the minimum. Menu prices vary depending how many choices per course you want - the remainder of the $1400 minimum they figure you'll make up with wine, cocktails, etc. And of course, you might be able to ask Dufresne to wow the five-year-old with some liquid nitrogen trick or something.
For something also adventurous but a little less so, the wine room at Public could fit your party. They offer a few prix fixe options - $60 for three courses, I think $75 for four courses, with two or three choices per course. Food is excellent (as I've said before about them, they're batting well above their price point) and an interesting wine list. And since there's no minimum, no need to worry about buying a whole lot of booze if there aren't many drinkers at the table.
50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002
210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012
Upscale restaurants typically charge more than $100-150 per person for a private room, especially for dinner. If you can schedule the celebration for lunch, Eleven Madison Park would be within your budget.
Otherwise, Tocqueville or SHO Shaun Hergatt might be doable depending on your wine selections. For non-French, look into Telepan and Dovetail if you're willing to consider the Upper West Side.
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023
103 West 77th Street, New York, NY 10024
SHO Shaun Hergatt
40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004