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Private Room for 30th bday

morganeats Feb 11, 2013 01:13 PM

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

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    Lesliepbg Feb 12, 2013 12:39 PM

    We had a nice family function at Moran's in Chelsea (10th Ave & 19th St). They have a private backroom with fireplace. Good food. They take good care of you. It may not be trendy,but it's good & established. GL!

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    1. re: Lesliepbg
      foodwhisperer Feb 13, 2013 09:06 PM

      Wow, I did a party at Moran's many years ago. I guess they are still around. Moran's actually used to be a trendy place.
      Cinque has private room good Italian food.
      Plein Sud in Tribeca has a nice private room.
      Too bad you don't want Japanese. I did a 15 person dinner at En in an awesome private room.

    2. jon Feb 12, 2013 12:05 PM

      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.

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        swannee Feb 12, 2013 12:19 PM

        Hill Country would certainly be fun, but it is hard to imagine---really hard!--- that with any amount of drinking, one could get out with $60 a person. I would guess more like $100.

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          kathryn Feb 12, 2013 12:38 PM

          At Hill Country, if you do a large group and arrange it ahead of time, they will do a prix fixe for $45pp. 3 meats, 3 sides, 2 desserts, cornbread and spread.


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            jon Feb 12, 2013 12:55 PM

            yeah, we did the $45pp for food then the $15 pp for beer and wine. looking at the link kathryn sent, they have a $20 pp open bar option too, putting the cost at $65 pp.

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              swannee Feb 12, 2013 01:06 PM

              I guess I just eat and drink more..

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        RebelWithaCause Feb 12, 2013 08:38 AM

        You can try alta. You have enough people to order their entire menu.

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          morganeats Feb 12, 2013 11:16 AM

          I called alta because the menu look amazing, but its $2500 food minimum, which is too much for us unfortunately ;(

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            RebelWithaCause Feb 12, 2013 11:26 AM

            ok well you dont have to do the whole menu! Trust me, you will enjoy.

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          swannee Feb 12, 2013 08:05 AM

          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.

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            kathryn Feb 12, 2013 07:50 AM

            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.

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              laserbeams Feb 11, 2013 02:11 PM

              OMG get the back room at Supper in the east village. Its a prix fixe all you can drink multi course meal. You get your own waitstaff, ipod stereo dock, and bathroom.

              Its the best. They are so nice.

              We have done this party there maybe 6 times over the years.

              Cash only though.

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              1. re: laserbeams
                Pan Feb 11, 2013 10:32 PM

                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.

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                  laserbeams Feb 12, 2013 12:46 AM

                  For my group of friends it is pretty worth it since the 75$ price includes unlimited wine and beer; which they are certainly not stingy about. We are all pretty thirsty people. :)

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                    Pan Feb 12, 2013 09:32 PM

                    I thought wine was extra. I guess I misremembered that?

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