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Hi. I will be with a group of women, about 20 or so of us, in Soho next month and spending about 1-1.5 hours at lunch. We'd rather not pay for a private function room, but would like someplace that's not too noisy and good for group conversation, and ideally with very good (or at least good) food--we're not on the foodie level.

Thank you in advance! It has to have Saturday brunch or lunch availability at around 1 pm.

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  1. Do you need to sit together in a long table or will separate tables work for your group?

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    1. re: H Manning

      We'd like to sit together. I've just gotten an email and the range could be somewhere between 12 and 20 (the date is mid-February). I was just nixed by the Crosby Street Hotel bar for having too large a group (more than 12 could not sit in their bar area), so figure I had better look into my options at the same time as we're firming up a number.

      1. re: Mochi Hada

        Maybe Rubirosa or Lupa, both of which are on the edge of Soho.

        http://rubirosanyc.com/

        http://www.luparestaurant.com/private...

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        Lupa
        170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

        Rubirosa
        235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

        1. re: H Manning

          20 women , hmmm, that is going to be noisy anyway .haha. Rubirosa is hard enough to get in with 2 or 4 people , 20 , it aint gonna happen. You need a big place that isn't always packed, like Barolo, or Kitichai might be a great place for that.

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          Kittichai
          60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

          Barolo
          398 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: foodwhisperer

            Rubirosa can accommodate up to 20 guests for family style dining. It's just a matter of booking a reservation to make it happen.

            Not sure what your point is about 20 women being noisy. In my experience, 20 men would be equally noisy.

            1. re: H Manning

              Umm, I'll just say that I doubt we'll be any noisier than any other party. I will look into Rubirosa right now, thanks. After making a few phone calls yesterday for places that do brunch in Soho, I saw what looks like a trend in places not wanting to take on reservations for large parties, especially at peak times. It's a bit worrisome but I still have time, and if need be we will split the party up and make separate reservations to get around this.

    2. HoW About Mercer Kitchen?

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      Mercer Kitchen
      99 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: apples

        I was recommended MK (but haven't looked into yet). Also will be sure to check out Rubirosa and Lupa. Thank you! I'll be sure to check in later and thanks in advance.

        1. re: Mochi Hada

          I had dinner at Rubirosa a few nights ago. there are definitely areas that can accomodate 20, call and see if they'lll give you one of the rooms.

          FWIW, the food was GREAT, pizza was wonderful, gnochi was wonderful, roasted mushrooms - great...etc. Too much food for 2 and we did try very hard to finish. And our server couldn't have been nicer. I had read reviews that said service sucked due to disinterested hipster servers..... maybe I had the one nice one... or maybe they aren't that bad...

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          Rubirosa
          235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012