Special Place for Dad's 80th Sunday Brunch / Lunch?
Hi Folks looking for that special place for Dad's 80th B-Day. My Folks are coming up from Florida and
10-11 of us including 2 very well behaved nieces (10 and 13) will be converging on NYC from Long Island and Westchester. This will be on Sunday September 9th from 12-3 PM.
Looking for a place where we can have a memorable experience. Excellent food (Continental cuisine is fine but last time Dad was down with a Turkish restaurant so anything goes as long as the food is excellent and we get something special in the way of view / ambience. The family doesn't drink much but we'll probably order a bottle or two of Champagne. Budget is $25-35 per person (without alcohol)
Can be anywhere in Manhattan but I'll give extra points if we can find and easy in and out for the cars
so I'll Even consider the Bronx or Brooklyn as long as its not too far from Mahattan (I have to be able to get there by subway/bus) Thanks,
I think you should post to the Outer Boroughs board. Parking is not going to be too easy in Manhattan, unless all of you want to park in garages and pay the price.
Having said that, if you want to go somewhere in Manhattan, I'm going to assume that budget is minus tax and tip and ignore the wine cost. And then the place I'm thinking of that's not Chinese (since you didn't mention Chinese) is Kefi. I would want to go somewhere a bit more luxe for my birthday, but it sounds to me like an informal family-friendly place with delicious food would be just the thing for you all. And in many trips (though admittedly the last one was probably some time last summer, when I was still living on the Upper West Side), I can never remember having had any savory food at Kefi that wasn't delicious (I did get some walnut shells in their dessert with walnut ice cream, so I don't recommend that dessert). I don't know whether they have champagne on their wine list or don't.
If the idea of a Cantonese banquet appeals to you, I would recommend Oriental Garden without hesitation, unless you would rather go someplace in Flushing. You can tell a manager what your budget is, and he will work with you to design a meal within that budget. The one problem is that they have dim sum at lunch, but I think it would be possible for you to ignore the dim sum and have a banquet at lunch. And I do believe you could bring your own champagne and have them pour it for you.