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closing dinner for foodies - really need some help

RichardinDC Jan 3, 2013 07:11 AM

Foodie from DC coming up to NY next month to host a closing dinner for 8 people who all are foodies as well. I spent major time yesterday between this board, Eater and Yelp searching for the right combination and never got there. Here are my priorities:
1) Great Food
2) Fun Atmosphere
3) Not a Steak Place
4) Under $100 PP for food (i.e. not including drinks/wine)
5) Folks are coming from different places so pen to all of Manhatten

Open to whatever kind of food - some places that looked like they could work:

The Nomad
The Modern

Any suggestions???

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    Riverman500 Jan 3, 2013 07:35 AM

    Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria

    1. princeofpork3 Jan 3, 2013 08:03 AM

      Locande Verde, Commerce, Yerba Buena Perry

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      1. re: princeofpork3
        RichardinDC Jan 3, 2013 08:17 AM

        Thanks for the suggestions - any feedback on Mas Farmhouse?

        1. re: RichardinDC
          kathryn Jan 3, 2013 12:48 PM

          Mas strikes me as more romantic than fun.

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        EBT Jan 3, 2013 09:11 AM

        I vote for the NoMad. Request the Parlor room (with 8 you might be seated there anyway).

        Torrisi is a set menu, $75 for 7 courses (or $160 for the 20 course Chef's menu), so that might be too limiting. Plus I don't think you can wedge 8 in there.

        I think you'd have to do Bar Room at the Modern but I don't know that I'd say it's a "fun" atmosphere (though I do really enjoy it).

        Mas could work, though not sure about the size inside for a group of your size. They might also make you do a prix fixe; not sure.

        Other thoughts: Commerce? L'Artusi? L'Apicio?

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          foodwhisperer Jan 3, 2013 09:33 AM

          Osteria Morini
          Blue Ribbon Izakaya
          Nougatine at Jean-Georges
          Tribeca Canvas ( Morimoto)

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            thegforceny Jan 3, 2013 11:38 AM

            Was just reading this list (from today, if you haven't seen it yet) and thought many would suit your criteria:


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            1. re: thegforceny
              RichardinDC Jan 3, 2013 01:00 PM

              Awesome, thanks

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              rrems Jan 3, 2013 03:21 PM

              Not sure exactly how much "fun" but these are all lively:

              Yerba Buena Perry
              The Marrow
              Kin Shop

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