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Rehearsal Dinner for 30: Manhattan, Thursday Night, ~$175pp inc Tax&tip

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Folks - Chowhound has always helped me with basically any and all of my food/restaurant dilemas. I have scoured the boards but am yet to find a good option for my rehearsal dinner. I am looking to spend as close to $5k as possible but i am finding staying around budget difficult. I'm sure its possible but i must be looking in all the wrong places. Any Suggestions?

Thursday night in May
Location - Ideally Downtown Manhattan but open to other Manhattan areas
Style - nothing too stuffy
Private Room
Good Food!

Including Tip and Tax and Booze (beer and good wine is fine) ~$175 a person

I tried:
Craft - ~4800 not including alcohol
BlueHill - requires a buy out $$$$$
Fedora: Told me they couldnt do it for <$7500 - would need a buyout of a Lil Wisco restaurant
NoMad ~$8k
Gramercy Park Hotel ~10k
Kittichai - too small
Bobo - Spotted Pig - too small
My list goes on

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  1. Have you tried Lupa? The food and beverage minimum is $3K and the reception room can accommodate up to 30 guests.

    1. Lupa is a good recommendation.

      For your price range, you could also try Public (http://public-nyc.com/private-events/...) or take a step down from Craft to Craftbar (http://www.craftrestaurantsinc.com/cr...).

      1. While not downtown, Felidia might work. They do private events on the 2nd floor and can hold up to 45.


        My friend did a graduation luncheon there. Prix fixe menu (she could choose from 3 different options for her guests to choose as well). I can't seem to find the menu options as I helped her decide, but I think food was $50ish? Prices are probably higher at dinner, but still worth a shot...

        1. Try Heidi Swiss restaurant. They don't have a private room but their large space next to it can definitely accommodate your number of people and your budget. Good food, beer and wine.

          1. Thanks Everyone! I would really like August ( http://augustny.com/ ) but even though i spoke with the manager in person i cannot get him to return my calls. Very frustrating. I am still working out the kinks but these are good suggestions. Appreciate it. If you have any more - keep 'em coming!

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            1. re: MissMara

              Assellina restaurant in the Gansevoort Hotel on Park Ave @ 28th has a space they call La Taverna, steps below the main dining room, call it a "semi-private" space. I was there recently for a seated dinner for about 40 people. I don't know the pricing, but the meal was served family-style, which may be less expensive than a plated meal. Great food, and we found passing around the platters quite convivial.

            2. 1) Varick Room ( owned by Robert De Niro) they have several caterers they use, pick the menu you like, they have great bar, great room. I've been to many events there.They do everything from birthday parties, to weddings, to screenings , to celebrity parties , and corporate events. They are very accommodating.
              2) City Winery on Varick, they have a nice space.
              3) Tribeca Grill has private rooms
              4) Buddakan you can reserve the Library room