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Restaurant suggestions for a 40th birthday for 40 people

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Hi, Can anybody suggest a restaurant that can do a stand up cocktail hour with passed hor d'ourves and then a sit down dinner for 40 ppl in manhattan that's not going to charge an arm and a leg?

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    When will this be?
    What day of the week?
    What do you want to spend? "Arm and a leg" is subjective. Remember to include tax and tip. Is this amount with or without drinks?
    What cuisines will the group like/dislike?
    What areas of Manhattan?
    What vibe are you looking for? Ambience?

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    1. re: thegforceny

      Saturday Night near the end of March
      $100 a head including drinks, tax and gratuity
      French or New American a yes
      Italian a no
      Anywhere in Manhattan, but needs to have a good bar scene close by for after party

      1. re: Cartini1

        The 2nd floor of BLT fish has a great private room. Worth looking into.

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

        1. re: Cartini1

          I honestly think that $100 a head for drinks, passed hor d'ouevres, a sit-down meal, tax and gratuity for a party of 40 is not possible in Manhattan for a Saturday night, or maybe any night anywhere in NYC. Hope I'm wrong! A real challenge for Chowhounders.

          1. re: barberinibee

            I had 3 hours open bar and passed apps which were 7 different ones and plenty of food for $100 per head at BLT Fish. Sit down dinner on top of that was not necessary and would have added an additional $50 per person

            1. re: princeofpork

              Did they charge you tax and gratuity on top of the $100 per head, or was tax and gratuity included in the $100 pp?

        2. Red Eye Grill does a wonderful job and has great private space. For more casual Blue Smoke Is good option

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          Blue Smoke
          116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

          Redeye Grill
          890 Seventh Avenue, New York, NY 10019

          Blue Smoke
          255 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282

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          1. re: apples

            Thank you for helping out will look into space : ))