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North of Boston Special Birthday Party

Afternoon Chow-ers, I am looking for help. I am racking my brain to think of venues North of Boston (Woburn/Burlington/Wakefield/Reading corridor) for a special location for a 60th birthday party. It is a mix of adults and child so nothing too too fancy. Any ideas/suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Do you mean a private room, or just a large table?

    I once attended a wedding shower dinner at the Mandarin in Reading. They put tables together for our large group but attendees got their food from the dinner buffet, which worked out well since everyone could find something they like.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Looking more for a private room Greygarious.

    2. How large a group? What age range of children, and how many? Any menu preferences or things that would not work? Rough budget? How formal or informal? Sorry to pepper you with so many questions, but it will help folks make more useful suggestions.

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      1. re: Allstonian

        Allstonian, probably looking at roughly 30-50 people. Kids are as young as 5. Menu is pretty wide open, as people have wide variety of tastes. I would lean on a scale from 99s to Cafe Escadrille, to looking for something SLIGHTLY more Escadrille, if that helps on the formal/informal question.

        1. re: Nate3577

          There is a Salvatore's off 495 Lawrence with private rooms that is worth checking out if the location works.
          I've used them for a few similarly sized gatherings and wouldn't hesitate using them again.

      2. The Common Man in Windham has private rooms. Very reasonable chow.

        1. How about Lucia's in Winchester? Private space downstairs would easily fit the group

          1. Harrington's in Wakefield has a room on the second floor that you can rent for functions. It's more on the 99 end of the scale than Cafe Escadrille but it has a comfortable pubby atmosphere and the food at a brunch I attended there (for a christening) was decent. Be aware that there are stairs to the second floor though; I have not noticed an elevator.


            1. If Chinese would work I would suggest Szechuan Garden in Woburn. They have very nice large room on the second floor that would accommodate a large group and they will create a menu that would meet your tastes and price points. I have always found the food to quite good especially some of their Szechuan specialities

              1. I'm pretty sure the new Portland Pie in Reading has a private room. The menu would definitely appeal to a broad age range.

                1. Burton's in Burlington would work if you're on the smaller end of your estimate. I was just there with around 20 for dinner a few week back and we filled about half of the private space. You'd have to call for the exact number that it holds, but my guess would be 35 comfortably and 40 max. Food (regular menu) and service were both very good for that size group.

                  1. http://www.samsbistro.com/

                    That's a pretty big group you have, so not many places come to mind.

                    Sam's Bistro in Reading might fit the bill, Nate. The food is okay, the restaurant is big. The main thing to me, even if they don't have a big enough private room, they will make the main dining room work for you.

                    Polcari's in Woburn also has a function room:


                    I'm not sure about the price, but you could give either of them a call. They have on site parking as well.

                    Good luck.