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somewhat upscale restaurant with private room for 12 for dinner, preferably below 30th street

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adorno Sep 28, 2011 08:40 AM

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).

Any ideas?

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Per Se
10 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10019

  1. sgordon Sep 30, 2011 11:46 AM

    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.

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    WD-50
    50 Clinton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Public
    210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

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      Hey19 Sep 30, 2011 10:53 AM

      Maialino? BLT Prime?

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      BLT Prime
      111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

      Maialino
      2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

      1. meatme Sep 29, 2011 11:36 AM

        The upstairs room at Tocqueville, 5th Ave & 15th St.

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        Tocqueville
        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: meatme
          buttertart Sep 30, 2011 02:02 PM

          When I grow up I want to have a party there. I'd think it'd be ideal for this occasion.

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          foodwhisperer Sep 28, 2011 10:02 PM

          Bouley has a private room and the food is very good. The Gotham has really good food and fits the price, I think they have a private room

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          Gotham Bar and Grill
          12 East 12th Street, New York, NY 10003

          Bouley
          163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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            peter j Sep 28, 2011 08:49 AM

            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.

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            Eleven Madison Park
            11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

            Telepan
            72 W. 69th Street, New York, NY 10023

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

            SHO Shaun Hergatt
            40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

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