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Husband is turning 50. Surprise black tie dinner party. Where?

Hi everyone
Can anyone please recommend a place that can host a surprise dinner party for 20/25 guests? I am hoping to make it a black tie event, but can live with a tie. Husband is not a foodie, is all about ambiance, does not eat meat, but that doers not mean we are looking for a vegetarian restaurans . If possible would prefer a restaurant with a private room, but will look at anything. The love of my life is turning 50, so I really want to celebrate him. Ideas please? Thanks in advance!
Sandra

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      1. re: sbermudez

        Does that include wine/booze, tax, and tip? Good wine for 25 people can really add up.

          1. re: sbermudez

            Got it. If I were you, I'd call Eleven Madison Park and ask them if they'd do a private party in your budget. Their private rooms are lovely. As far as the black tie...just state on the invitation that it's black tie. If you're in a private room, that's fine. Bouley is another option.

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

            Bouley
            163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              Thank you! Will call tomorrow morning. Anyone else. Ideas?

              1. re: sbermudez

                By the way, EMP and Bouley both do vegetarian menus so you could ask for one for your husband...

                1. re: sbermudez

                  EMP is great but $250 all in might be a squeeze there (set menu is $125, wine pairings $95, + tax+tip...) but maybe..

                  A few more that come to mind as very nice, possibly black tie appropriate and carved up so you can have a room or a section for your party. These should be doable at $250. And it helps if the date is after Dec 31. Restaurants are much more flexible in Jan.

                  Gramercy Tavern

                  Del Posto

                  Lincoln

                  The Modern

                  Picholine

                  Annisa

                  Tocqueville

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                  Gramercy Tavern
                  42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

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

                  Del Posto
                  85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

                  The Modern
                  9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                  Annisa
                  13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

                  Picholine
                  35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023

                  Lincoln
                  142 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

                  1. re: dyrewolf

                    Thank you, thank you, thank you! anyone hasd dinner at The Core Club, the private club? The place ios fabulous, buy haven't had dinner there in a long time.

                    1. re: sbermudez

                      I was there (The Core Club) not long ago as it is across the street from my old office and a co-worker was a member. Food was good but frankly not as good as restaurants in your price range.... I know your DH is not a foodie but it still isn't the choice I'd make. I had a business dinner at The Modern a few years back and that is my choice for that location. And The Modern can roll it into something sort of fun/funny like a scavenger hunt in the museum followed by a dinner (don't laugh, they do that and it is very grown up... I had big $$ investors looking for clues in paintings) and it is a decent way to pull off a surprise.

                      OK said enough. Happy B-day and lucky husband to have such good care taken of him

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                      The Modern
                      9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                      1. re: dyrewolf

                        wait. scavenger hunt followed by dinner? that sounds amazing. who do i talk to to arrange that? need more details!

                        1. re: fooder

                          Google it, the MOMA runs them for kids, other companies for adults. Basically you get a sheet of clues and wander the museum looking for answers in teams. Then you have a dinner rez for after.

      2. $250 before tax/tip = about $193 for food & wine. Anywhere can do food at that price, but depending on what kind of wine you'd like... that could make a difference.

        I think for a vegetarian (or does "does not eat meat" mean he'll eat fish?) Italian is a good way to go. There are always pasta dishes that don't involve meat, and at Del Posto they'd certainly have veggie entrees in their catalog. But any high-end place for a private party will be happy to whip something up.

        EMP could stretch the budget - it's no fun to go in telling them to skimp on the wine, although if there are artisanal beer fans among the group they do have a spectacular beer list, and they tend to be cheaper than wines. That said, if your husband isn't a foodie, it might be a bit la-de-da for him. That aside, of the current NYT four-star holders, EMP and DP are probably the best for non-foodies.

        Most of the suggestions above are good, though. Not sure about Annisa as I don't know that have a private space. Only major addition I'd put in would be Craft - good place for non-foodies and foodies alike, as the food is prepared (seemingly) simply but exquisitely.

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

        Del Posto
        85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

        Annisa
        13 Barrow Street, New York, NY 10014

        Craft
        43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003

        1. The Dutch. I was there not too long ago and spied the private room while looking for the bathroom. What I saw I liked from what I can remember - sorry, my memory isn't what it used to be. The menu had both a range of seafood and meat choices. I enjoyed my meal.

          Chinatown Brasserie. A friend threw a private dinner there a few years back.

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          Chinatown Brasserie
          380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          The Dutch
          131 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: lulumoolah

            IMO a black tie event would be a little bit of a mismatch for The Dutch and CB.

            1. re: kathryn

              It would be a TOTAL mismatch. Not even close to being a match.

              1. re: thegforceny

                I love getting all this feedback, thank you!! My husband is an art dealer, so obviously already called the modern, but have to wait until Monday to hear back from them. I really hope we can do the scavenger hunt, as I suspect that would be his favorite part of the whole evening. Even though we are MOMA members, I have never been to the modern. Do you think it would be appropriate to make it into a black tie or are we going to look like out-of towners. Once again thanks for all the help.

                1. re: sbermudez

                  I think if you wNder The MOMA in tuxes people will wonder what cool thing you're part of.... If you have fanny packs instead of cumberbunds they might think you're tourists....
                  Look to a company called Watson for the clue sets or perhaps the MOMA itself

                  1. re: sbermudez

                    Does The Modern have a private room? I don't know. Call Eleven Madison Park and Bouley. The private rooms at both are gorgeous. Just talk to them about budget, including wine.

                    I like both of them better than The Modern.

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

                    The Modern
                    9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

                    Bouley
                    163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

                    1. re: gutsofsteel

                      The Modern does have private rooms, but they are not as nice as the main room. But if you have a large area over to the side it si quite nice. Go over and have a look at the private rooms and other spaces if you're thinking about The Modern

            2. Toqueville

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

              1. How about The Four Seasons restaurant? It's such a beautiful space. What type of art does your husband deal in? :)

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