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25 people near Grand Central, $25-30 (w/o alcohol)

zenzen Jun 13, 2014 02:38 AM

Looking for a restaurant that ideally would have a private room for 25 people near Hyatt Grand Central (or a short cab ride) for a Friday dinner in a month. A private room is preferred because we'd like to have a speaker. Prefer a set menu so everyone knows what they're going to pay. These are people from other states, most on a budget, who will not know each other. Last time a dinner like this was planned, people argued for half an hour over the bill.

So thinking maybe $25-30, (not counting drinks), pizza could work. I found:

The Perfect Pint (says they have a private room)
Naples 45

Any thoughts about these or does anyone have other suggestions?

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    mitchleeny RE: zenzen Jun 13, 2014 01:53 PM

    I think Naples 45 is serviceable pizza.

    1. Ttrockwood RE: zenzen Jun 13, 2014 06:50 PM

      Kellari taverna has "semi-private" space that could work for you as well as a pre theater pre fixe menu- call and see if they would do the pre theater menu for your group.... A few blocks from grand central

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        zenzen RE: Ttrockwood Jun 15, 2014 11:13 PM

        Thank you, Mitch, for the reply. Trockwood, I'll pass your suggestion on.

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          Phil Ogelos RE: zenzen Jun 16, 2014 07:39 AM

          Naples 45 serves a nice pizza, but doesn't have any private rooms -indeed, it's a large, quite (hard &) noisy space. Probably not what you're looking for.

          EDIT: Osteria Laguna two blocks down 42nd from the Hyatt does have spaces at the back that can be curtained off from the rest -they might accommodate you.

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            zenzen RE: Phil Ogelos Jun 17, 2014 10:32 AM

            Phil, the leader is very excited about your suggestion and is following through. I will let you know, but wanted to say thank you for this.

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        zenzen RE: zenzen Jun 23, 2014 04:06 PM

        Osteria Laguna quoted the organizer $100 per person with no alcohol in a curtained off area. This may be out of the price range for some of the participants.

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          Ttrockwood RE: zenzen Jun 23, 2014 04:45 PM

          Did you already contact the other suggested spots?

          Angelo's pizza (thin crust) is a bit further on 2nd ave and 55th but their site lists a private room and says they can accomodate groups...

          Or, Szechuan Gourmet on w 39th could work, not sure about a private room though...

          Same for Cafe China

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            zenzen RE: Ttrockwood Jun 23, 2014 09:16 PM

            Thank you, I will email the organizer now with these!

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          pbjluver RE: zenzen Jun 23, 2014 06:17 PM

          Cibo has a private room - 2nd Ave and 41st Street


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            zenzen RE: pbjluver Jun 23, 2014 09:16 PM

            And also thanks to you, I'll pass this one on. I'll keep everyone informed.

          2. coasts RE: zenzen Jun 24, 2014 03:34 AM

            Look into Hill Country. It'd be a short cab ride or about a mile walk from Grand Central. Everyone gets a card on which the servers mark what they ordered and what they owe. No fighting over checks. From their website, "Hill Country has several semi-private alcove spaces for smaller groups of up to 25 people."

            Important to understand that it's not fully table service. There are servers that bring drinks and such, but all food is served at manned stations, which often have a line.

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