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Celebratory Dinner for 8 with a price tag of no more than $500.00

teezeetoo Oct 15, 2011 05:03 AM

Trying to plan a small party for 8 people to celebrate a very special occasion - looking for a quiet, pretty space with very good food, and a price tag of about $60.00 a person including wine. (I know, I know, it's a stretch). In Manhattan, can be anywhere. Help?

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    rrems RE: teezeetoo Oct 15, 2011 08:03 AM

    Does this include tax and tip? If so, there are quite a few possibilities. If not, Da Andrea would be my top pick.

    Da Andrea
    35 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

    1. sgordon RE: teezeetoo Oct 15, 2011 08:49 AM

      $60 before tax/tip = about $45 meu price. Yep, that's a stretch.

      One word: Chinatown.

      You can do an elaborate Chinese banquet for 8-10 people around $350 - $400. Many Chinese places have pretty loose BYOB policies, so you can bring an assortment of sake, dry Rieslings, or just drink beer (which would be the most appropriate beverage pairing, anyway) and easily come in under budget.

      For my money, the best options are:
      Oriental Garden
      South China Garden
      Ping's Seafood
      Amazing 66

      That said, it could be tough figuring out menu options - OG has a couple of set banquet menus, though I'm sure they'd play with the selections depnding on your taste. A66 is more customizable - sometimes just selecting a bunch of family-style dishes from the regular menu that add up to your cost, though some need to be ordered a day in advance (the short ribs cooked in a hollow pumpkin, shrimp-stuffed chicken, a couple others). Ping's might be better for going fancier - you can see on his website he'll do foie gras and whole suckling pigs and such, but that would probably break the price point.

      South China Garden
      22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      Amazing 66
      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      11 Division St, New York, NY 10002

      Oriental Garden
      14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

      22 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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        RGR RE: teezeetoo Oct 15, 2011 11:14 AM

        A stretch, indeed! However, if you are willing to dine early, i.e., before 6:30 p.m., and would be fine with a limited menu, Tocqueville offers a 3-course "pre-theater" prix-fixe for $44. With wine pairings, it's $59. Superb cuisine, very good wine selections, excellent service, and one of the most elegantly beautiful dining rooms in the city.

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


        1 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

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          teezeetoo RE: RGR Oct 17, 2011 05:16 AM

          thanks for the kind suggestions. one person couldn't make it so we decided on The Modern Bar which could accommodate 7 but, oddly, not 8. I know we'll go over budget, but it's a place all of us love.

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            kathryn RE: teezeetoo Oct 17, 2011 07:46 AM

            IIRC the biggest round table there only accommodates 6.

            They're probably pushing together three smaller tables for 2, but against a wall or banquette or something, so there's only 7 seats.

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