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Feb 21, 2012 08:34 AM

NYC birthday

I want to celebrate my sweet 16 in April. I'm planning on having 9 people including myself, plus a separate party including my family and their friends, about 5 people. I'm looking for a restaurant in Manhattan which is classy and elegant, so we can dress up and not walk in and realize we're overdressed, and something fun. It would be great if there was a place for dancing, but not a full on club because then we'd have to be either 21 and up or there would be ONLY dancing, and I need a dinner. We're looking at a price range of no more than around $50 per person, prixe fixe menus would be great but if the place doesn't have one then it's not awful. I recently visited the Fire Bird on 46th ave and it was very nice but the manager wasn't willing to put us in the room we preferred, but we enjoyed the overall atmosphere and image of the place. I'm planning on seeing the Millesime tonight, and from the website, it looks perfect, so something along those lines. Please help me find a place! All suggestions are welcome and desperately needed.

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  1. Check out Stanton Social and Beauty & Essex.

    Stanton Social
    99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

    Beauty & Essex
    146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

    4 Replies
    1. re: D...DF

      thanks! do you know if dress wise these are casual or formal places?

      1. re: anastasiyab

        We've never been to Stanton Social or Beauty & Essex, but neither is a formal place.

        We have been to Millesime. It's a French brasserie, so by its very nature, it's a casual place though the decor is attractive. There is live music in the downstairs lounge. The restaurant is upstairs, but since the music is quite loud, you can hear it in the dining room. The food when we ate there more than a year ago was very good, and I've heard it still is. Since you'll be scoping it out tonight, you'll be able to see how people are dressed and decide for yourself if you'll feel out of place depending on exactly how dressed up you plan to be.

        Most restaurants at the $50pp price point (for food only?) are casual rather than elegant and dressy.

        Happy Sweet 16!

        92 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

      2. You might check out King in SoHo - new, but excellent food and an upscale atmosphere without being stuffy. Don't know if they have a prixe fixe menu, but you can likely get away with a $50/person budget.

        I doubt everyone will be attired in suits and dresses, but you certainly won't feel overdressed if your party is.

        5 King St, New York, NY 10012