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Jan 29, 2014 07:29 PM

Help Needed!! - Private dining for a group of discriminating foodies, 2 lunches, 2 dinners

Howdee Fellow NYC Hounds,! Greetings from frigid Toronto,

It has been over a year since I last visited and ate at the Big Apple. Recently, I have been given the challenging task of leading a group of serious foodie friends for a two day 'culinary Blitzkrieg' this coming Summer at your fine city. Hence, I am starting to plan ahead.

Dining criteria for this group of about 12- 16 include:

- Private dining Room a must.
- Western Michelin star restaurants a must. Price not a factor. Preferably diverse & different cuisine for all four meals. NO Asian.
- Pre-arranged tasting menu with wine pairing if possible.

Due to the relatively large group size, I have to write off 'open kitchen' places like Brooklyn Fare or Atera. My 'initial' list of candidates include:

Lunch 1st day - Aquavit
Dinner 1st day - Eleven Madison Park
Lunch 2nd day - Lincoln
Dinner 2nd day - Le Bernadin

Question! Shall I replace Lincoln with say Marea? How about EMP or Bernadin with Per Se or Daniel?! Any great Spanish 'Tapas?' restaurant that can accommodate this large group. Loved the food but doubt Casa Mono can handle this size of a group?!

Your input are most welcome!! Thanks in advance!

( Oh! And a Happy Lunar New Year to you all!! )

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  1. I'd definitely keep Lincoln!

    1. Curious why "Michelin star" is a must.

      7 Replies
      1. re: c oliver

        Well... Read this previous discussion where several posters including myself tried to make suggestions outside of Michelin:

        With a group of this size my guess is that he's playing it VERY safe and conservative.

          1. re: kathryn

            Happy Chinese New Year to you, Kathryn!!

            You are absolutely correct! If I'm dining with just one or too close buddies, I do not mind experimenting and venturing outside the box.
            However, with so much at stake and so many people depending on my decision and guide, I NEED TO PLAY IT SAFE AND CONSERVATIVE!!!

            Better be safe than sorry!!

            1. re: Charles Yu

              Scheduling for 12-16 people without actually being here sounds like a challenging exercise! Good luck!

              1. re: Charles Yu


                ... from your lips to Rob Ford's ear, Charles!

            2. re: c oliver

              Something the participants can brag about!

              1. re: Charles Yu

                Another oh my.

                We're heading to NYC next week and looking forward to a crawl through Flushing. Different strokes, for sure.

            3. I am not sure if casa mono would be able to accomodate your group but here is the info to contact them about private dining:

              1. Would Bouley work for your group? Bouley has a lovely private dining room downstairs. I had a business dinner there about a year ago, and everyone loved it. It was a set dinner with two choices for each course.

                1. Rouge Tomate

                  Private dining room? ✓

                  Michelin starred? ✓

                  Pre-arranged tasting menu with wine pairing? ✓