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ChefDJ42 Feb 4, 2014 04:48 PM

I am in charge of dinner reservations for a party of about 40 (15 kids). We are staying in the Times Square area of NYC but are willing to travel a little further. We have many different tastes so tend to stay away from one cuisine i.e. Thai or Chinese.

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    pbjluver Feb 4, 2014 05:02 PM

    Do you have a budget per person...including drinks, tip and taxes?

    What day of the week is your party planned for?

    Best to be within walking distance as getting 40 people to an uptown or downtown venue will add to your cost.

    Are you looking for a "formal" place or a "jeans & sneakers" restaurant?

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    1. re: pbjluver
      ChefDJ42 Feb 4, 2014 05:32 PM

      No real budget, but with all the kids can't be anything too nice. Forgot to mention that we usually require a private/semi private room. Dinner will be June 19 & 20 Thurs., Fri. We have eaten at some nicer steakhouse type places in the past but no white tablecloth, jacket required type of place. Thanks!

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      villainx Feb 4, 2014 05:42 PM

      BBQ, okay?

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        ChefDJ42 Feb 4, 2014 05:48 PM


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          Elisa515 Feb 5, 2014 09:35 AM

          Hill Country downstairs.

      2. Monica Feb 4, 2014 08:08 PM

        21 club has a nice private room that can accommodate 40 people.

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          ChefDJ42 Feb 4, 2014 08:15 PM

          Thanks. I'll check it out.

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            ttoommyy Feb 5, 2014 03:34 AM

            21 Club does not really seem like the type of place the OP is looking for, plus they require men to wear jackets, which the OP states is not an option. From their web site:


            No. Gentlemen must wear jackets to gain entry to the Bar Room, Upstairs at '21' and the Wine Cellar."

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              Monica Feb 5, 2014 07:52 AM

              I didn't realize the private rooms required jackets too or do they?

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                ttoommyy Feb 5, 2014 08:31 AM

                I would think if the rest of the place does, the private rooms would also. But even if not, the OP stipulates "No real budget, but with all the kids can't be anything too nice" and "no white tablecloth, jacket required type of place" And with jackets being required in the other spaces, then 21 Club is that "type of place." Still, maybe I'm wrong and it is exactly what the OP is looking for. Only he can decide for sure!

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                  Monica Feb 5, 2014 08:49 AM

                  I was there for a pretty informal family party there once...with kids so 21 club just popped out of my head.

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                    Pookipichu Feb 5, 2014 09:20 AM

                    I've been to 21 Club as well, it's not so bad as some would make it out to be... certainly better than going to Olive Garden or Guy Fier's Kitchen

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                      ttoommyy Feb 5, 2014 09:23 AM

                      Good to know. Your first post made it seem like you were just throwing it out there. Now that you have let us know you have first-hand experience there, the suggestion takes on a different light. Sorry for the doubt. :)

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                        Monica Feb 5, 2014 09:41 AM

                        no prob. =)
                        I should stop repying when I am using a phone. Doesn't really know how to type more than a sentence.

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              jacb13 Feb 5, 2014 12:47 AM

              check out bourbon st bar and grille on 46th. They have a private room.

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                ChefDJ42 Feb 5, 2014 06:56 AM


              2. coasts Feb 5, 2014 05:46 AM

                Trattoria del Arte has a private space downstairs that could accommodate 40+ people. unsure what the cost is, but i've had office parties there that were well received.

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                  ChefDJ42 Feb 5, 2014 06:57 AM


                2. ipsedixit Feb 5, 2014 07:03 AM

                  You might consider McCormick and Schmicks.

                  It's not going to rock your world but it should be able to accommodate your large group (with their semi-enclosed lower level) and has enough of a varied menu.

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                    Pookipichu Feb 5, 2014 07:13 AM

                    Virgil's BBQ, they accommodate large groups often.

                    1. GoodGravy Feb 5, 2014 07:44 AM

                      Carmine's is good for groups.

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                        ipsedixit Feb 5, 2014 08:15 AM

                        But is it good for groups eating food?

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                          Elisa515 Feb 5, 2014 09:34 AM


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                        JohnCee Feb 5, 2014 08:15 AM

                        A place that is large enough and good for the kids maybe Guys American Kitchen in Times Square while the food may not be 5 star the place may fit

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                          Pookipichu Feb 5, 2014 08:26 AM

                          Not to be negative, but I would seriously avoid Guy's American Kitchen.

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                            Ttrockwood Feb 5, 2014 02:40 PM

                            I have only ever heard terrible things about this place......

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                              Monica Feb 8, 2014 02:30 PM

                              I always wondered if the reviews would be more positive if it wasn't Guy's restaurant.

                        2. princeofpork3 Feb 5, 2014 09:29 AM

                          the Palm has a lot of private rooms.

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                            51rich Feb 5, 2014 02:50 PM

                            how about virgils bbq fairly large menu and is large enough- not sure about pvt. room though- certainly convenient enough.or schnipper's right across from bus depot on 8th ave. burgers fries shakes and some sandwiches- also big enough- but not sure of pvt. room

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                              JBG89 Feb 6, 2014 07:22 AM

                              Quality Italian!!

                              Kids will love it i think - Rooms from 35+

                              Dbryant@fwrests.com is the private events coordinator and gets back to you promptly

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