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sbermudez Dec 2, 2011 03:23 PM

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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    gutsofsteel Dec 2, 2011 04:15 PM

    Budget?

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      sbermudez Dec 2, 2011 04:25 PM

      200 a person

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        gutsofsteel Dec 2, 2011 05:25 PM

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

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          sbermudez Dec 2, 2011 05:33 PM

          250 including everything.
          :)

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            gutsofsteel Dec 2, 2011 05:52 PM

            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

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              sbermudez Dec 2, 2011 06:08 PM

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

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                gutsofsteel Dec 2, 2011 06:16 PM

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

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                  dyrewolf Dec 3, 2011 06:16 AM

                  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

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                    sbermudez Dec 3, 2011 06:28 AM

                    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.

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                      dyrewolf Dec 3, 2011 06:43 AM

                      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

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                        fooder Dec 3, 2011 09:56 AM

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

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                          dyrewolf Dec 3, 2011 12:36 PM

                          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. sgordon Dec 3, 2011 08:59 AM

        $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

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          lulumoolah Dec 3, 2011 09:02 AM

          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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            kathryn Dec 3, 2011 09:24 AM

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

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              thegforceny Dec 3, 2011 09:26 AM

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

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                sbermudez Dec 3, 2011 02:05 PM

                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.

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                  dyrewolf Dec 3, 2011 02:47 PM

                  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

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                    gutsofsteel Dec 3, 2011 02:56 PM

                    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

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                      dyrewolf Dec 4, 2011 06:33 PM

                      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

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              rkaene Dec 4, 2011 06:00 PM

              Toqueville

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

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                mushroomaffairs Dec 4, 2011 08:42 PM

                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

                1. famdoc Dec 5, 2011 10:34 AM

                  Consider the back room at Le Bernardin. They call it Les Salons. Probably will be more than $200, but unforgettable at any price. Why black tie? When I turned 50, my closest friends and I gathered at a nice, but not fancy, neighborhood restaurant that happened to be BYO. The chef prepared a special meal and we brought some great wines. A good time was had by all, but everyone wore comfortable clothing.

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                  Le Bernardin
                  155 W. 51st St., New York, NY 10019

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                    gutsofsteel Dec 5, 2011 11:00 AM

                    Black tie is a very nice and festive way to celebrate a big occasion. And if your tuxedo or dress fits you well, like any clothing, it's just as comfortable as anything else. A pair of jeans that don't fit well is also uncomfortable.

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                      sbermudez Dec 5, 2011 05:16 PM

                      The Modern, Craft and eleven Madison were fully booked. I was able to get a private dinning room at the Four Seasons, which is where we had our wedding luncheon years ago. We were very happy with both the food and the service, but I just did the numbers for a dinner for 22 people and it ends up costing: 6.930 WITHOUT wine/beverages! That is 315 per person without alcohol!
                      Ok, tmrrw morning I am calling Gramercy Tavern, Picholine,Le Bernardin and Tocqueville. Any other suggestions? Maybe something off the beaten path?
                      Thank you!

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

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                        ellenost Dec 5, 2011 06:10 PM

                        You should also call Bouley. They have a stunning private room on their lower level. I've been a long-time fan of the restaurant. If I were having a special occasion dinner, Bouley would be my first choice.

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                        Bouley
                        163 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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                          gutsofsteel Dec 5, 2011 07:39 PM

                          Agreed - calll Bouley for sure. Also consider Craft.

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                            RGR Dec 5, 2011 07:59 PM

                            She says Craft is fully booked.

                            http://thewizardofrofroz.wordpress.com

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                          RGR Dec 5, 2011 08:10 PM

                          I would add Cafe Boulud to your call list. They have two private rooms. Their regular menus include one that focuses on vegetarian dishes ("Le Potager'), so no problem dealing with that issue for your party.

                          Another possibility: La Grenouille. Acc. to their website, private parties are held in their upstairs dining room which features a wood-burning fireplace, and the cost for dinner starts at $180pp.

                          http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                          Cafe Boulud
                          20 East 76th St., New York, NY 10021

                          La Grenouille
                          3 East 52nd Street, New York, NY 10022

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                            gutsofsteel Dec 6, 2011 12:56 AM

                            Great suggestions.

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                              City Kid Dec 6, 2011 06:53 AM

                              Fantastic idea, RGR...and that room was also the home of painter Bernard Lamotte, whose romantic paintings are displayed, how perfect...Lamotte’s atelier was located above La Grenouille restaurant where fellow expatriate French artists and famed New York personalities congregated in including Greta Garbo, Charlie Chaplin and Marlene Dietrich. The studio he and his wife shared became a bohemian haven and was coined Le Bocal (“The Fishbowl”).

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                                uwsister Dec 7, 2011 01:55 AM

                                I think I know where *I* am having my 50-year birthday! ;)

                                Thanks for the description, City Kid!

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                                  RGR Dec 7, 2011 07:51 AM

                                  Well, then, you'll have to hope that La Grenouille will still be open as you've got a lo-o-o-ng way to go to 50, uwsister! lol

                                  http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                    City Kid Dec 7, 2011 02:03 PM

                                    Vive La Grenouille!

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                                      uwsister Dec 7, 2011 05:55 PM

                                      Oh, I certainly hope La Grenouille will be around for my 50th birthday and long beyond that! After all, it is the very last of the kind of restaurants that really don't exist in NYC anymore. I suppose I should consider myself lucky to have been to Lutece shortly before its closing, but it was LONG after Soltner had left - and either the restaurant had lost their marbles or I was simply too young and unsophisticated to appreciate it.

                                      Either way, Vive La Grenouille! (I'm stealing it from you, City Kid.)

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                                dyrewolf Dec 6, 2011 04:27 AM

                                add

                                BLT Fish

                                Felidia

                                and Beacon for private rooms or areas
                                Don't forget Union Sq Cafe - it gets dimsissed as tired and old but I have had great ,meals there recently and there are a lot of different rooms if not private rooms there.

                                A friend did a good party at il Gattopardo a while back, it would be under $200/.. it is a nice place but not the level of the others you've been looking at. It is also quite near the MOMA if that is part of the evolving plan

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                                Felidia
                                243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

                                Union Square Cafe
                                21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

                                BLT Fish
                                21 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

                                Il Gattopardo
                                33 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

                                Beacon
                                25 West 56th St., New York, NY 10019

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                                  gutsofsteel Dec 6, 2011 05:35 AM

                                  I have nothing but disappointing experiences at BLT Fish. Union Square Cafe is a good one.

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                                  Union Square Cafe
                                  21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003

                                  BLT Fish
                                  21 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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                                  Berheenia Dec 6, 2011 07:18 AM

                                  Off the beaten path- Riverpark.Tom Colicchio ambience. The space is spectacular but you'll need to hire a few limo's to take everyone back to civilization after the party

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                                  Riverpark
                                  450 E 29th St, New York, NY 10016

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                                  dyrewolf Dec 6, 2011 06:55 AM

                                  Agreed, Gattopardo is solid but not at the level of the others. I have not been to The Leopard.... but both are very nice spaces. Particularly the Leopard which has kept all the murals from Cafe des Artistes

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                                    RGR Dec 6, 2011 07:16 AM

                                    We have not been to Gattopardo, but we have been to The Leopard once. Obviously, then, same owners = similar level of cuisine. And, yes, the new owners of The Leopard have done an excellent job of freshening up the dining rooms, including the murals. My comment related to the private space, which I have not seen, so I don't know if it also contains any murals.

                                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                    The Leopard at des Artistes
                                    1 W 67th St, New York, NY 10023

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                                jenhen2 Dec 6, 2011 07:25 AM

                                What about the River Cafe in Brooklyn? It's a little hike, but a lovely view and very cozy this time of year. Battery Gardens has a private room upstairs overlooking the statue of liberty and the park there is amazing. The food is heavy on the seafood and we had a delicious wedding lunch there. It was marvelous. Casa Lever has a nice private room, but maybe a little small and a little too power-lunchy for this. City Hall restaurant is nice, and there are some art galleries in tribeca that may arrange a tour before or after. Patroon is more casual, but they do a jazz dinner on Fridays that is very nice. Maybe you could arrange for a small band to play with the dinner (which I'm sure they could do in your price range). I like Felidia, too, but the location is probably not ideal. You may also consider Duane Park or Da Umberto (which is amazing) for Italian choices. These thoughts are maybe a little less classically "special" places, but they are warm and inviting and will offer a memorable night for you and your guests.

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                                Felidia
                                243 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

                                Duane Park
                                157 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

                                Da Umberto
                                107 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

                                Patroon
                                160 East 46th Street, New York, NY 10017

                                Battery Gardens
                                State St and State Plz, New York, NY 10004

                                City Hall
                                131 Duane St., New York, NY 10013

                                Casa Lever
                                390 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10022

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                                  sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 09:39 AM

                                  The Leopard only does private dinning for up to 18 people.
                                  Grenouille is booked.
                                  Le Bernardin is booked
                                  Grammercy Tavern only does private dinning up to 22 people. And we are bween 22-24!
                                  Waiting to hear back from Tocqueville and Daniel and it seems like the Red Room at Bouley might be available.
                                  As far as the tux goes, I want to do Black tie as both my husband and I enjoy dressing up every once in a while. It is big birthday and I would like to make into a big event. Also, I know all our friends own tuxes and would feel comfortable.

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                                    RGR Dec 6, 2011 10:01 AM

                                    We did a cocktail reception in the Bellcour Room at Daniel several years ago. Frankly, I think the space is much too big for just 25 people as it can accommodate functions with four times as many guests. Tocqueville's private room would be just right as it accommodates a max of 28.

                                    http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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

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                                      sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 10:19 AM

                                      Tocqueville and Daniel are out.
                                      :(

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                                        RGR Dec 6, 2011 10:38 AM

                                        I mentioned Cafe Boulud upthread. Have you called them?

                                        In one of the posts that was deleted, I suggested The Leopard at des Artistes. Same owners as Il Gattopardo. We've not been to Gattopardo, but we have eaten at The Leopard. Solid food though not at as high a level as many of the places that are not available. But the owners have done an excellent job of refreshing the space, including the gorgeous murals.

                                        Keens has several private rooms with gorgeous Old NY ambiance. The Lily Langtry would be the perfect size size for your party. True, it's a steakhouse. But they do a very good job with fish and seafood.

                                        http://www.keens.com/PrivateEvents/LillieLangtryRoom/

                                        http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                        Keens
                                        72 West 36th St., New York, NY 10018

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                                          famdoc Dec 6, 2011 10:48 AM

                                          Would you consider renting a room somewhere and bringing in a chef?

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                                            princeofpork Dec 6, 2011 11:01 AM

                                            There are many beautiful lofts you can rent and bring in a chef and servers. The black tie atmosphere will make it a very special occasion. You can also bring in live music if your husband is into that.

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                                              sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 11:35 AM

                                              Leopard does not do private dinner parties for over 18. Did try Cafe Boulud, no luck. Would do a loft with a chef , but catering gets expensive fast. Any ideas?

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                                                princeofpork Dec 6, 2011 01:24 PM

                                                It wont be close to $250 per person. Espacially if you buy the booze your self and just hire a bartender.

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                                        dyrewolf Dec 6, 2011 10:19 AM

                                        Well, considering your options it seems that you have to jettison one or two friends so you can fit at Gramercy Tavern (or, just hope that someone can't make it.)

                                        If you do strike out at all of the top end places you enter a much wider and easier set of places (like Gattopardo) where you will be able to take over a chunk of the restaurant and come in well under budget or make the meal the extravagant end for the place (which may be a better idea anyway as you're not "foodies" and a longer thing with cocktail time followed by dinner followed by... makes a good party) If it wasn't for the meat restrictions I'd recommend Del Frisco's/Bobby Van's on 53rd/Wolfgang's 54th St

                                        Keep us up to date and we'll keep the suggestions coming. We are now vested in you having a good event so do not fail us

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                                        Del Frisco's
                                        1221 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

                                        Bobby Van's Steakhouse
                                        131 E. 54th Street, New York, NY 10169

                                        Wolfgang's
                                        200 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

                                    2. princeofpork Dec 6, 2011 08:54 AM

                                      BLT Fish has a 2nd floor room that they rent out for private parties. I had one there a few years ago and it was fantastic.

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                                      BLT Fish
                                      21 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

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                                        sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 11:03 AM

                                        Ok,so I have two options:
                                        Grammercy Tavern and they are willing to accommodate even 23/24 or the Red Room at Bouley. All things being equal I would prefer Bouley, but Grammercy Tavern is way more affordable. At Bouley we are looking at least at 6500 for 22 people, while at Gramercy Tavern we are looking around 4500.
                                        Any thoughts?
                                        Other than that I am not sure if it should still be a black tie event. I am not the biggest fan of the GT private room, with its rustic americana decor. Ideas?

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                                          famdoc Dec 6, 2011 11:14 AM

                                          I know a highly qualified chef, who has worked at several of NYC's top restaurants, who is "between jobs" right now. I am sure he would be willing to put together an outstanding meal for your guests. You would need to rent an appropriate space for the event. You would need to tell me how to have him contact you (perhaps by giving me an email address you use for spam and not your regular email address, then I'll have him get in touch with you today).

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                                            ellenost Dec 6, 2011 11:18 AM

                                            Maybe you should visit each space to help you decide. I like the food better at Bouley.

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                                              RGR Dec 6, 2011 11:35 AM

                                              She has seen the private room at GT, and I agree with her that it doesn't exactly scream "black tie."

                                              While I've only had one meal at Bouley, it was way better than the food at GT which, as I've noted before on this board, has the dubious distinction of serving me my worst meal of 2009, after which I vowed never to eat in GT's dining room again. I should note that previous dinners there had never wowed me, but that one was really bad.

                                              If the private room at Bouley is anything like the main dining room, there's no question that it beats GT's with regard to gorgeousness by several country miles.

                                              Far be it for me to tell anyone how to spend their money, but there is usually something to be said for the old adage, "You get what you pay for."

                                              http://thewizardofroz.wordpress.com

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                                                sgordon Dec 6, 2011 11:49 AM

                                                I think it's a question of how much the ambience needs to be a factor. Fact is, any place that screams "black tie" is either a.) going to come at premium price, or b.) be something cheesy that's staggeringly overpriced for what they're serving. They're either going to have to a.) lower their ambience level, b.) pony up more dough, or c.) settle for a less-than-worth-it food that's been overpriced to match a "fancy" surrounding.

                                                I dunno about "you get what you pay for" in NYC - I think there are many places you could pay much more for an inferior meal versus others. I think prices, in some (not all) cases, simply reflect what the restaurateur feels they can get out of their target demographic, more than representing what's actually on the plate.

                                                Now, the Chowhounders are mostly concerned with food - so there don't tend to be recommendations for places like that, as you might get from a professional event planner or such.

                                                I do agree though that GT has been less exciting of late than they used to be - it seemed that Michael Anthony was really putting out solid stuff when he first took over the kitchen, but in the intervening years it's dwindled a bit.

                                                All that said, I think any private room can be "black tie" - I mean, if you're the only diners there, it's up to you how fancy you want the party to be.

                                                Also, I think someone above mentioned the River Cafe - if people are willing to cross the bridge, it could be work looking into. Certainly the ambience is among the city's best (though I find the food a touch overpriced for what they serve - another case of not getting what one pays for... though not terribly egregiously, given the staggering view is unpriceable.)

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                                              sgordon Dec 6, 2011 11:35 AM

                                              I'm assuming the prices above include wine, as they're nearly double what ordering 24 prix fixes would be at either place. But do they include tax and/or tip? Even if they're just leaving out the tax, Bouley would break $7000 easily. $8000 if the tip hasn't been figured in.

                                              Based on your initial budget, even if they're all-inclusive, it seems Gramercy is the choice. The food won't disappoint at either - and given that Bouley is a bit more adventurous in their cuisine, it may be the better option for non-foodie types anyway.

                                              A couple others that (I don't think) have been mentioned yet:

                                              The Mezzanine at David Burke Townhouse (which for some reason won't link the name below, so... http://www.chow.com/restaurants/14840...) - seats 24 exactly, they'll set up a menu for you based on your budget. Playful New American cuisine. Minimum $2400

                                              Marc Forgione - can seat up to 30 in a "semi-private" area. Sample menus reange from $55 - $145 per person, but they'll adjust and cater as you need. I find it's a great places for foodies and non-foodies alike. It's rooted in New American comfort food, but with refined and playful touches that elevate it for those of us looking for something a bit more out of our meals without alienating regular folks. That said, it's a more casual vibe - suits would be fine, tuxes might be a little over the top. Though I suppose if you're taking over the dining room, nothing's really out of place since you'll be the only diners there.

                                              Lupa - the back room can seat 30 people, with a $3000 minimum. Great, simple but perfectly prepared rustic Italian fare. Sample menus were in the $75/pp range and the rest of the minimum would be made up with drinks.

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                                              Lupa
                                              170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

                                              Marc Forgione
                                              134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013

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                                                sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 11:48 AM

                                                Yes, the price includes wine, but must add tip, which is 25-28% for private parties.
                                                Cannot do any steakhouses, no matter how great the fish is.
                                                What about the "21 club"? someone just told me they have availability.
                                                Once again, Core Club anyone?

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                                                21 Club
                                                21 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

                                                1. re: sbermudez
                                                  famdoc Dec 6, 2011 11:56 AM

                                                  Consider Brooklyn. This will open up a whole 'nother can of worms, but I'd call Applewood, which doesn't have a private room, but I swear I've seen them closed for private parties.
                                                  iCi in Ft. Greene might be nice for the occasion. Most dim sum joints in Sunset Park's Chinatown have private rooms. Had a quick look at the private rooms at East Harbor recently..they seemed quite nice.

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                                                    sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 12:17 PM

                                                    Change of budget! Just got off the phone with my mother and she decide to help me get to a total of 7k for the evening. So now, please advise 4 Seasons or Bouley's Red room?
                                                    We had our wedding luncheon at the 4 seasons. The food is excellent, the service impeccable and it can be black tie. I like the fact that it has been around for a long time.
                                                    Love Bouley, never have been to a priavte event there.
                                                    Which one would you pick?

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                                                      famdoc Dec 6, 2011 12:25 PM

                                                      Will your mother adopt me?

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                                                        sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 12:33 PM

                                                        She might, but then you are stuck with all of us!
                                                        ;)

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                                                        sgordon Dec 6, 2011 12:37 PM

                                                        Bouley over Four Seasons in a heartbeat.

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                                                          RGR Dec 6, 2011 12:55 PM

                                                          We've never been to the Four Seasons and have issues with them regarding the way we were treated many years ago when we made reservations, which caused us to cancel twice. And so we will never go there. But putting that aside...

                                                          I love the idea of celebrating special occasions in a place that has personal significance. So, if you've been to the Four Season lately and would be happy with the food (they had two major chef changes after the long time chef died a couple of years ago), I'd say go for it.

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                                                            princeofpork Dec 6, 2011 01:34 PM

                                                            Bouley all the way.

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                                                              gutsofsteel Dec 6, 2011 02:15 PM

                                                              Bouley!

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                                                        gutsofsteel Dec 6, 2011 02:14 PM

                                                        Do Bouley. Do black tie. He only turns 50 once.

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                                                          ellenost Dec 6, 2011 02:29 PM

                                                          I celebrated my 50th birthday at Bouley (not in the private Red Room), and it was wonderful! Celebrated Mother's Day this year in the Red Room, and I find it to be even more beautiful than the main dining room.

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                                                            sbermudez Dec 6, 2011 02:36 PM

                                                            Bouley it is! Just waiting for the contract, to sign and return. I honestly cannot thank all of you enough. Not only did you point me in the right direction, but you held my hand. I must say, that this just proves my husband's wisdom: People are inherently good. whenever people can help they almost always do! Thank you! Is there anything I can do for the amazing Chowhound community in return?
                                                            Thank you from my husband and myself!

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                                                              gutsofsteel Dec 6, 2011 02:44 PM

                                                              Invite me to the party! :-)

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                                                                ellenost Dec 6, 2011 03:31 PM

                                                                Please report back. Hope you all have a wonderful time!

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                                                                  dyrewolf Dec 6, 2011 05:20 PM

                                                                  Doggie bag

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                                                                    uwsister Dec 7, 2011 01:58 AM

                                                                    Aw, tell him "Happy Birthday!" from all of us. With a tight hug, of course.

                                                            2. princeofpork Dec 7, 2011 08:01 AM

                                                              Let us know the menu once decided.

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                                                                sbermudez Dec 7, 2011 08:14 AM

                                                                HI everyone
                                                                Today is our wedding anniversary. I just got flowers from my husband and I just signed the contact with Bouley. I swear that signing my fist mortgage was a bit less exciting. YAY! So,now that the restaurant is settled can you help me pick the menu? Do not get excited, as my choices are rather limited, due to my financial limitations. Only in NYC are you talking about a dinner for 22, 7k and financial limitations! Anyway, I will post options later, to see if anyone has advice. In the meantime: THANK YOU NYC CHOWHOUNDERS!

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                                                                  sbermudez Dec 7, 2011 11:43 AM

                                                                  I am going with the three course menu with choices, which includes: Chef's canape, appetizer, entree, intermezzo and dessert. The other option was three course menu, with no options and an hour of passed canapes during the cocktail hour.
                                                                  I am sure the canapes are scrumptious, but I just hate not getting on option in what I am eating. People can have drinks during the cocktail hour and then have dinner
                                                                  That said, options for the entree are:

                                                                  Porcini Flan with Alaskan Dungeness Crab
                                                                  Black Truffle Dashi

                                                                  Early Garlic and Almond Soup
                                                                  Parsley Root and Parsley Purée with Shiitake Mushrooms

                                                                  Organic Roasted Pencil Asparagus
                                                                  Garden Herbs, Basil Dressing in a Comté Cloud

                                                                  New England Big Eye Tuna
                                                                  Marinated Japanese Turnip, Spicy Radish
                                                                  Yuzu-Miso Dressing

                                                                  Organic Connecticut Farm Egg
                                                                  Organic Date Purée, Red Onion Confit, Pinot Noir

                                                                  North Carolina Pink Shrimp and Cape Cod Sea Scallops
                                                                  Alaskan Live Dungeness Crab, Point Judith Calamari
                                                                  Ocean Herbal Broth

                                                                  Salad of Boston Bibb, Red Watercress, Mache
                                                                  Silk Blue Kale, Fresh Hawaiian Hearts of Palm
                                                                  Julienne of Royal Trumpet Mushrooms

                                                                  Thoughts?

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                                                                    ellenost Dec 7, 2011 11:52 AM

                                                                    These look like the choices for the "appetizer" or first course (known as "entree" in French). Of these selections, I've loved the Porcini Flan, the Organic Connecticut Farm Egg, and the Shrimp/Scallops/Crab/Calamari. My sister loves the Asparagus and the Tuna. How many options for each course does Bouley permit?

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                                                                      sbermudez Dec 7, 2011 12:06 PM

                                                                      Yes, yes, yes these are the choices for the appetizers. You can pick two

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                                                                        Cheeryvisage Dec 7, 2011 12:12 PM

                                                                        I'd say definitely have the Porcini Flan as one of your two options. I'm embarassed to say that I've never had any of the other appetizers because every single time I eat at Bouley I order the Porcini Flan!

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                                                                      RGR Dec 7, 2011 12:34 PM

                                                                      Happy Anniversary!

                                                                      I know I'm in the minority, but I did not care for the Porcini Flan. Still, since it is highly popular, you should choose it as one of your two appetizers. As for the second one, though I haven't had any of the others, the one that sounds most appealing to me is the soup. The tuna, the shrimp & scallops, and the egg also sound quite nice. I don't like eating asparagus out of season, and the salad seems too mundane.

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                                                                      1. re: RGR
                                                                        princeofpork Dec 7, 2011 12:39 PM

                                                                        I did not enjoy the Porcini Flan as well even though it may be their most popular dish. Your guests may want to experience it. The egg on the other hand was my favorite dish in 2011.

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                                                                          sbermudez Dec 7, 2011 02:54 PM

                                                                          So I guess the flan porcini and the egg are it!

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                                                                            ellenost Dec 7, 2011 04:22 PM

                                                                            Great choices! I'd have a tough time choosing between them.

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                                                                              ellenost Dec 8, 2011 06:27 AM

                                                                              What are your choices for the main course? I adore the duck dish (it's my favorite duck preparation in NYC).

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                                                                                sbermudez Dec 8, 2011 07:32 AM

                                                                                We need to pick 1 fish course and 1 meat course. What are your favorites?

                                                                                Fish Course

                                                                                Cape Cod Black Sea Bass, Steamed
                                                                                Warm Heirloom Cherry Tomato Salad
                                                                                Vanilla and Tarragon

                                                                                Chatham Codfish, Line Caught
                                                                                Fricassée of Potato, Shiitake Mushrooms, Toasted Fava Beans
                                                                                Ginger Aromatic Sauce

                                                                                Chatham Day Boat Lobster
                                                                                Brown and White Honshimeji Mushrooms, Passion Fruit and Mango

                                                                                Day Boat Sea Scallop
                                                                                Cuttlefish, Ocean Herbal Broth

                                                                                Fresh Hamachi
                                                                                with Glazed Honeydew Melon, Reglisse and Ginger Aromatic Sauce

                                                                                Meat Course
                                                                                Organic Long Island Duck Roasted with Truffle Honey
                                                                                Pencil Asparagus and Porcini Purée

                                                                                All-Natural Pennsylvania Chicken
                                                                                Spring Carrot Ravioli, Hen of the Woods, Pain d’épices Dressing

                                                                                Organic Colorado Rack of Lamb
                                                                                Soubise of Cipollini, Zucchini-Mint Purée, Black Truffle Sauce

                                                                                New York State Organic Squab,
                                                                                Wrapped in Hudson Valley Savoy Cabbage
                                                                                Steamed with Foie Gras, Lemon Thyme, Homemade Agnolotti Pasta

                                                                                Prime Dry Aged New York Strip Loin
                                                                                Silamar Farm Roasted Onions and Black Truffle Gnocchi
                                                                                Ch eese

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                                                                                  ellenost Dec 8, 2011 07:38 AM

                                                                                  My favorites are the Lobster and the Duck. My sister recently enjoyed the Rack of Lamb. Unfortunately, I've never had the other dishes since I tend to stick with my 2 favorites. To be honest, they all sound delicious, and I am certain your guests will enjoy any of these dishes.

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                                                                                    RGR Dec 8, 2011 07:56 AM

                                                                                    I had duck (one of my favorite things to eat) during our one meal there, and it was delicious. But since it's currently accompanied by asparagus which, as I said, I don't like to eat out of season, I wouldn't choose it here. I adore lamb, but I also love squab, However, I see that there's foie gras with the squab, and since I'm a foie addict, I'd definitely go with the squab.

                                                                                    I don't remember what fish dish I had, but of the choices you've been given, the lobster definitely holds the most appeal and seems most celebratory to me.

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