Private Room for 30th bday
Hello, I would like suggestions for a restaurant (pretty much anywhere in manhattan, no neighborhood preference) for a Saturday night dinner in March. There will be approx 15 people and we would prefer a private room. I am hoping to keep it around $60 a person give or take. Something fun with excellent food. No Mexican Food or Japanese please! So far, I have been suggested to check out Freemans, Beauty & Essex, maialino & Hearth but I have not eaten at any of these places and cannot vouch for the food. Suggestions and Advice are welcomed... Thank You in advance
Supper is good, but probably not worth the - correct me if I'm wrong - $75 price tag just for food for that large a group.
morganeats, please keep in mind that you are likely to be required to do a special large groups prix fixe at most places, so when you call each restaurant, ask that question.
Would you consider Chinese food? Chinese restaurants won't do this to you, and you will be able to work out your own banquet menu with them, either in advance or when you get there. For $60, you could get some high-quality fish and seafood if you so desired.
Of the ones you listed, I'd do Maialino, then Hearth. However, I really doubt that you can do Maialino for $60pp. This blog post indicates that the food alone is $95pp with a $1250 minimum before tax and gratuity.
Hearth's site indicates that they can do a set tasting (without any choices) for a negotiable price. However, if you want a prix fixe with options for each course, it will set you back $75pp.
Public has semi private dining for $60pp.
Congee Village in Allen St. has worked very well for me in similar occasions, especially with thirsty guests (they have excellent litchee martinis). The menu is large and there are plenty of options for " gringo" eaters, and you can make as much noise as you like.
it's not a private room, but for my 30th birthday, my wife arranged for a group to eat downstairs at hill country. they brought out platters and platters of food, there was an open bar, and there was music. i'm pretty sure that it ended up being less than $60/person, and we had an awesome time.