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Birthday Dinner for 12 - Suggestions?

mikjomom44 Jan 10, 2014 07:13 AM

ISO suggestions for a great dinner out for 12 foodies for a friend's 50th birthday. Any part of town is fine - the only restriction is that we are looking for either a private room OR a round table, something where everyone feels included.

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    Mr F RE: mikjomom44 Jan 10, 2014 09:13 AM

    Triple Crown has started hosting private events in their future dining room. Have not actually seen the room, and don't know how they are dealing with menus etc. They do have a liquor license and a co-owner who knows how to make cocktails (mostly bourbon-based).

    IMO the regular menu is very good but not suitable for a 50th b-day dinner with 12 foodies, so I would ask them what kind of special dishes they can make. The specials are often quite a bit fancier than the regular fare, and I have no doubt they can cook up something worthy.

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      mikjomom44 RE: Mr F Jan 10, 2014 10:03 AM

      Great suggestion, Mr. F. Even though we are foodies, it's a fun crowd so this could work well. Thanks!

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      deborahm RE: mikjomom44 Jan 14, 2014 07:31 AM

      Chez L'épicier in the Old Port has a private room you can reserve for birthdays. I went to one last spring. I believe 5eme peche http://www.aucinquiemepeche.com has one as well.

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        Fintastic RE: deborahm Jan 14, 2014 11:17 AM

        5ieme Peche is a great idea, though we once tried to book their private room for a group of 12-15 on a weekday night and it was going to be prohibitively expensive. I think it is meant for larger gatherings, although there might be exceptions.

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        Maximilien RE: mikjomom44 Jan 14, 2014 08:12 AM

        Get a large table at La Salle à Manger (you could order a special menu)

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          wattacetti RE: Maximilien Jan 14, 2014 08:45 PM

          They used to do a whole suckling pig for groups of 12.

        2. porker RE: mikjomom44 Jan 14, 2014 12:06 PM

          Howsabout Chinatown?
          Perhaps not the pinnacle of celebration style, but sitting at a round table, sharing 18 different dishes can make everyone feel part of the action.
          Maybe Konbai II on upper Clark where you can get foodie worthy plates such as the tripe/tongue/heart plate (delicious), beef in water (ask for it spicy), pork hock in brown gravy, cold chicken on bone app, one of the best mapo tofu in city, lamb in cumin, fungus salad app, etc etc etc

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            Stax88 RE: mikjomom44 Jan 16, 2014 08:29 AM

            They have a big table in the kitchen at Impasto... this is a really fun experience. The food is great, and wine even better.

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              jptimbaud RE: Stax88 Jan 16, 2014 08:43 AM

              Do you mean Pastaga?

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                porker RE: jptimbaud Jan 16, 2014 10:52 AM

                I was going to say, last time I was at Impasto, the kitchen had no room for any kind of table, big or small...
                Unless Stax meant the bar which fronts the kitchen, but I wouldn't call it a table.

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                  mikjomom44 RE: porker Jan 16, 2014 11:52 AM

                  A bar wouldn't be good, no chance for the group to interact with each other. Does Pastaga have a private room and is it good? I have heard mixed reviews...

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                    Maximilien RE: mikjomom44 Jan 16, 2014 03:05 PM

                    You can eat in the kitchen at Pastaga; there is a couple of long tables, enough for 12.

                    I've eaten there twice and both time it was very good.

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              Maximilien RE: mikjomom44 Jan 16, 2014 03:09 PM

              There's a back room at Barbounya (Turkish-ish food on Laurier St.) with 2 large tables (high tables with stools)

              There's a backroom/lounge at the back of Tapas/Confusion on St-Denis, not the best foodie place in town, but I really liked it everytime I went there (and the wine list is very good).

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