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Oct 1, 2012 08:30 AM

Round Table

Hi All-
I'm a big fan of a round table for groups. The problem is, a lot of Manhattan restaurants don't have round tables for larger parties. Here's my dilemma:
I'm looking for a round table that seats 12-14 people.
The food needs to accommodate meat eaters and vegetarians (and obviously should be good)
Price point $75-$100 per person including tip, tax, alcohol
Atmosphere fun, not stuffy----extra bonus points if the restaurant turns into an after spot post dining hours--or has a fun spot near by. (This is for a milestone birthday.)
Not an easy task, and I appreciate any help you guys can provide!

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  1. Perhaps you could reserve the communal tasting table in the round at Bar Boulud. I think it will accommodate up to 14 guests.

    1. I've gotten 10 people around the big round tables at Chinatown Brasserie. You could probably squeeze 12. But 14? I don't know of any places that have a single round table that big without it being a real tight fit. CB would fit your budget and food requirements.

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      1. re: Bkeats

        Fyi, Chinatown Brasserie closed several months ago. It will re-open as a French restaurant with Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde, The Dutch) and Damon Wise, formerly of Craft and Monkey Bar.

        1. re: peter j

          That's too bad. Haven't been there since late spring/early summer so I had missed that.

      2. You could do ilili for $65/person before alcohol. The menu is varied and definitely has something for everyone.
        In fact, I just attended a dinner there on Friday night - 12 ladies at a round table - $65/person menu. It was excellent, and there was TONS of food. Highly, highly recommended.

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        1. re: LeahBaila

          Ilili looks good, thank you! Is it the type of place you can have people come meet you afterwards?

          1. re: ilovetoeat23

            Sure. They have a sizable bar and some really delish cocktails! It's a good meetup spot before moving elsewhere. Great happy hour specials, to boot (even though that prob doesn't pertain to your party).