closing dinner for foodies - really need some help
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:
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?