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40th birthday party; 18 ppl; below 14th street - any suggestions?

busterfood Dec 20, 2012 02:32 PM

We're hosting a 40th birthday party on a Saturday in January for 18 people. We prefer to be downtown but are open to other great suggestions too. We were thinking Balthazar but they won't do that large of a group on the weekend...open to all cuisine and price.

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    busterfood Jan 19, 2013 03:17 AM

    We settled on Mercer Kitchen. Great long table in the back. Will report on how it is for a large party.

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      busterfood Dec 21, 2012 11:08 AM

      Thank you for all of the suggestions.

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        peter j Dec 21, 2012 07:51 AM

        The private dining room at Maialino would be perfect. Also consider Tocqueville and Union Square Cafe.

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          chowchau Dec 20, 2012 03:11 PM

          Congee Village has private rooms with Karaoke. Party on!

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            Pan Dec 21, 2012 02:33 AM

            I believe Oriental Garden also has a private room, though I haven't used it (I'm fine with having a banquet in a convivial eating room). No karaoke, though, I don't think.

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            Lacrosse_Gastronomic Dec 20, 2012 02:56 PM

            The Dutch

            Del Posto, If your party size drops to 16.

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              Pan Dec 21, 2012 02:33 AM

              I don't recommend Jane for dinner. I found their dinner food merely buttery, and overpriced. I did have a delicious brunch there several years ago, though.

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                mushroomaffairs Dec 21, 2012 02:42 AM

                The brunch place? I used to love that place!

                Ed.: Sorry, I literally stopped reading after the first sentence and just started typing. Lol. I used to go there quite a bit.

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              kathryn Dec 20, 2012 02:49 PM

              DBGB has a private room that seats 18.

              Public also has a semi private room about that size, which seats 20.

              Il Buco has a wine cellar that seats 20 as does Bar Boulud.

              Cafe Boulud has two salons that seat 18.

              Gramercy Tavern's private dining room seats 22.

              Eleven Madison Park has two balcony-level private dining rooms that overlook the main dining room -- one of them seats 18.

              Le Bernardin has a few separate "salons."

              This might help:

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                busterfood Dec 20, 2012 02:55 PM

                Thank you Kathryn!

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