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We'd like to find a private room or take over a small restaurant for brunch on a mid-August Sunday for a casual brunch after our daughter's wedding in Manhattan. Preferably on the Upper West Side, Chelsea or downtown. Any suggestions?

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  1. What kind of food / what cost range / where downtown?

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    1. re: saregama

      American, Italian or French / $20-$30 pp. / downtown anywhere BUT the far East Side (LES).

    2. Maialino? Not sure about size of their private room but the food and service are stellar (and brunch there is way way good).

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      1. re: tex.s.toast

        Thanks, I've heard of Maialino but never been there. I'll look into it.

        1. re: jackiechow

          Maialino is quite nice, but possibly out of your budget. Is that $30pp before tax, tip, any drinks? It's going to be fairly low for a group your size. Especially if the restaurant requires a pre-set minimum. Here's a post where another poster specifies that they had an $1800 minimum at Maialino's private room for dinner.

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/893007

          Public has a $35pp prix fixe brunch with one drink, in their semi-private room, and no pre-set minimum, IIRC.
          http://public-nyc.com/private-events/...

          1. re: kathryn

            Oops, yeah that's too high for us. Thinking about a simple brunch, salad, sandwich place where we can all hear each other. I guess a private room is not really necessary.

      2. The cost range will make it a bit of a challenge to get a private room I think

        Philip Marie in the village has a cellar-type space downstairs that could work, and they do a bottomless brunch for $25 including an entree and mimosas. Food is nothing to write home about, but it fits the bill for a bottomless brunch.

        On the UWS, Arte Cafe has brunch specials and is big enough that it might work for your group.

        May be worth taking a look at Blue Water grill iand the related restaurants,

        1. Have you looked into The Smith in Lincoln Center?
          They have private rooms.
          http://www.thesmithnyc.com/events/

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          1. re: arepo

            After looking at pictures of various private rooms on the Web, we decided they felt too closed-in for a lunch in mid-summer. Going with the round table at Bar Boulud.