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Jan 6, 2012 10:27 AM

Help! Group of 30-35 looking for something similar to Otto

We are a group of 30-35 that is having trouble of coming up with ideas. Meal is for a rehearsal dinner. We really like the menu at Otto (and the food/vibe), but are slightly concerned about how they would rope us off in the "back room." As it stands, they say no speeches...which is fine, as long as a toast or two can be made. However, if there are suggestions of other similar places (in terms of level of food/atmosphere...not too stuffy, casual food that is elevated beyond casual), we'd love to have them! (Or if you have had a large party there -- 20+ -- please let us know how it went, pros/cons).

I've already done a few searches on Chowhound, but still trying to come up with ideas. Another place that came to mind was Blue Smoke, but I think we are too small for that for a Friday evening. No particular cuisine necessary, outside of nothing too ethnic. Looking forward to the suggestions. Thanks so much!

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  1. Inoteca Downtown on Rivington has a really cute basement room and menu...take a look...

    98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: hotsauce123

      It appears that the downstairs room maxes out at 26 though.

    2. I believe Freemans might work dependent upon if you are closer to 30 or not. Also possibly Public. I think both might be a bit more expensive than Otto though.

      There's also Jane or The Smith but the food isn't as good as the others I mentioned, but cost wise maybe more in line with your budget.

      100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012

      Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002

      1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      The Smith
      55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      1. We had a big gathering at Millesime...though not as big as and ask. They have a pretty big open dining room. I think the restaurant is a bit underrated.

        92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016