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Private or semi-private room at Manhattan restaurant.

FoodFemme Nov 7, 2013 02:45 PM

I'm helping a friend out - they're looking for a place in Manhattan that has affordable food (like maybe $15 per person average bill) and has a private or semi-private area for up to about 30 people max. No ethnic food.
Ideally this would be somewhere between the UES/UWS and the Village.

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    pbjluver RE: FoodFemme Nov 7, 2013 08:08 PM

    Is the $15 per head including alcohol, tip and tax?

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      thegforceny RE: pbjluver Nov 8, 2013 06:55 AM

      AND a private room?! And no ethnic? Fat chance.

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      downtownchica RE: FoodFemme Nov 8, 2013 08:51 AM

      This strikes me as a completely impossible request in this budget.

      You can try the Rec Room at UWS Shake Shack, but even that will probably be slightly over budget.

      1. Ttrockwood RE: FoodFemme Nov 8, 2013 12:59 PM

        As far as i know your options are:
        - ethnic in manhattan
        - leave manhattan
        - increase the budget
        Or all of the above.
        These articles may help, the timeout site does a great recap of cheap eats in the city:
        And their picks for group dining:

        1. zeeEats RE: FoodFemme Nov 8, 2013 01:47 PM

          Just as a rule of thumb, most restaurants in Manhattan require some sort of prix-fixe or "minimum spend (in the thousands)" to book their private rooms. A room that fits 30 is even harder to come by.

          You're honestly not gonna find anything for less than $60pp; unless you're willing to do ethnic with VERY little ambiance. I'd suggest Congee Village.

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            fooder RE: FoodFemme Nov 8, 2013 04:04 PM

            I thought this was some sort of troll post at first. Even disregarding the private area request, $15 per person average bill is pretty much impossible to come by at any restaurant in NYC. Even a burger with fries will set you back more than that.

            Your best option is probably Olive Garden. Even Red Lobster entrees are over $15.

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              SuzyP RE: FoodFemme Nov 9, 2013 04:49 PM

              Go for breakfast. Everyone gets coffee and a bagel.

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