40th Birthday Celebration
Hi All! I could really use your input. I am planning on hosting a dinner in honor of my 40th bday for 6 or 7 couples in NYC. Sat, 9/15. I want to spend no more than 175 pp with tax, tip etc. We are a fun, semi-loud group in our late 30's-early 40's. Any suggestions are appreciated. Thanks :)
As rrems notes, it would be helpful to know your cuisine preferences and avoids. But that said...
I would recommend Aldea. We were just there a few days ago and, as always, the food was seriously delicious. In addition to the a la carte menu, there is a tasting menu for $80pp. Depending on exactly what and how much you drink, the final cost should fit your budget. The noise level would work for a semi-loud group.
Photos of our most recent dinner at Aldea: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391@N03/sets/72157630961017446/
Thanks so much for all of your suggestions. I really don't have any preferences and or avoids. Open to anything. We are a group from LI with young children who don't get out much :) With my crew, alcohol seems to be the main attraction lately, which scares the hell out of me-esp in NYC and the fact that my husband and I are footing the bill. That being said, where ever we can have a nice time with good food and service and not get killed with a bar bill is a home run to me.
If you're only 12 people and not more, you could do the chef's table at the Breslin. It's already a lively restaurant.
Similarly, Momofuku Ssam does a Bo Ssam prix fixe for groups of 11-20 and it's also a lively restaurant to begin with.
A lot of the large format meal places would be well within your budget and have no problem with a boisterous group.
Any cuisine preferences? If everyone is okay with seafood, I think Oceana would work well for a large party. If a steakhouse, Keen's should work, and they have a number of non-steak options too. Ciano is another possibility, if they could give you the upstairs room (I've also seen some large parties in the main dining room, but a loud group may be an issue).