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#11 laybar

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    Posted 16 July 2008 - 12:41 PM

    There's a PLanet thai in the city as well.. on 24th street between 6th & 7th.. you can check them out.. i think it'll be a little less expensive than sushi samba, tao, megu, etc.

    you can also try chop suey in the renaissance times square hotel.. it's a hidden gem.. nobody seems to know about it but it has the BEST Times Square view! i don't think pricing would be too bad either.. the contact there is Rachel Pedone.. & they can offer a large group seating reservation.

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      Posted 16 July 2008 - 02:03 PM

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      What about Spice Market? I think it's sort of along the same lines of what you were going for with Tao...Great atmosphere and also serves Pan Asian tapas but is a little less expensive if I recall correctly I would try contacting them. I haven't eaten there in a while but I went for a friends birthday a few years ago and we had so much fun!

      Also, I second Asia de Cuba (really loved it and been there a few times!)...and I would give a personal thumbs down to Ruby Foo's for a special event. I have eaten at both locations more than once and have never been particularly impressed with my meal. Food's not bad, it's just not especially good and if you're going out and spending money on a birthday that's what you want.

      Can you give us a general idea of how much you want to ask people to pay for dinner? I know the bottle service fees (bottles being in the $100s) sound outrageous but they're not unheard of and I doubt Buddakan or Asia de Cuba will be much less. Which do you think is more important to your DH? The location or having a private area/bottle service? Because you could probably get a reservation for the group and have them all be responsible for buying their own drinks and still have a large group at the table, or you could find a slightly lesser known place that's not as expensive and take the whole place over (more of less). Personally I think either way you go it's win-win, just depends on the expectations your DH and your crowd have for the evening.
      I get the same feeling about Ruby Foo's...just kinda eh. I tried Spice Market, they're too expensive. I just emailed Planet Thai and tried to get in touch w/ Chop Suey, but the email was just returned, so I'll have to call.
      The problem is that i'm not asking anyone to pay anything - i'm paying for it. SO, i'd like to find a place that's around $100ish/pp including drinks. i was going to take over savorNY, but i don't think that dh would like it as much b/c he likes the tao atmosphere. ruby foo's was $95pp, incl. open bar for 3 hrs, and a 3 or 4 course meal. there's another place called kion lounge, which looks interesting and has good reviews on yelp, but can't get in touch w/ the guy, which isn't a good sign. i think i need to make an excel spreadsheet to see what i have, tho i've deleted the more $$ emails.
      if i can keep the number of ppl to 14, then i can do tao, but it can go up to 20, 22, so i don't want to chance it. i'd like to spend no more than $2100-$2300 incl. tax, gratuities, etc.
      please keep them coming!

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        Posted 16 July 2008 - 02:55 PM

        ok i attached all the info from different places...not like it will really help you guys, but it's kinda helping me.

        i know it's silly to be planning now, but i'm off during the summer, and i start grad school in sept, so i won't have any free time then.
        leaning toward sushisamba....??

         

         

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        #14 laybar

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          Posted 16 July 2008 - 03:28 PM

          based on your excel spreadsheet, i like kitti chai & stanton social.. stanton social is great w/ large groups too bc it's family style plates.. but not sure if that would be too costly for you w/ open bar.. you'll be in LES & there's a lot of fun bars around there if you're lookin to head elsewhere afterwards.. Piano's plays great music in the upstairs room..

          i also like the other options, i.e. japonais, sushi samba, asia de cuba.. but it comes out to be a lot..

          keep in mind that chop suey doesn't have the same vibe as the others but the food is good & the view at night is amazing bc you're literaly above times square.. you can call rachel pedone at: 212-261-5101. She's the Area Dir. of Sales & Marketing. Let her know that Laura with Empire Force Events referred you. Hopefully she can take care of you! hey, it's another option..

          Let us know what you decide! =)

          #15 yamille

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            Posted 16 July 2008 - 11:30 PM

            I agree with Laybar. Based on your spreadsheet I would go with Stanton Social. It's a cool spot and good location. Blue water grill has great food but not a fun atmosphere at all. More stuffy and sort of an older crowd at night. I am trying to remember the name of a spanish tapas place where I had my borthday in the meatpacking district and I can't. Starts with a K... really cute and they move tables and have someone spinning and people dance after 11. If i think of it ill let ya know! It was a while a go

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              Posted 17 July 2008 - 12:06 AM

              anyone been to megu? if i can get the chick to agree to my final price, i'm going there. stanton social is my 2nd choice, and i'll pay for 2 hrs of open bar.

              is that tacky? only paying for 2 hrs? i want to make menus and i guess i'll include it somehow (open bar from 9-11) but don't want ppl to be like "wtf, she can't pay for 3 hrs?"...don't think they would, as they're his friends, not his mom's, lol.

              btw, if you like tapas, go to the divine bar. went there for my bachelorette dinner and it was SO good.

              #17 laybar

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                Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:41 AM

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                I agree with Laybar. Based on your spreadsheet I would go with Stanton Social. It's a cool spot and good location. Blue water grill has great food but not a fun atmosphere at all. More stuffy and sort of an older crowd at night. I am trying to remember the name of a spanish tapas place where I had my borthday in the meatpacking district and I can't. Starts with a K... really cute and they move tables and have someone spinning and people dance after 11. If i think of it ill let ya know! It was a while a go
                yamille, you're not talking about Son Cubano are you?? I love that place & I think they do have group menus that can be worked out. Plus, they do have a dj later on & it's fun!

                #18 laybar

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                  Posted 17 July 2008 - 09:47 AM

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                  anyone been to megu? if i can get the chick to agree to my final price, i'm going there. stanton social is my 2nd choice, and i'll pay for 2 hrs of open bar.

                  is that tacky? only paying for 2 hrs? i want to make menus and i guess i'll include it somehow (open bar from 9-11) but don't want ppl to be like "wtf, she can't pay for 3 hrs?"...don't think they would, as they're his friends, not his mom's, lol.

                  btw, if you like tapas, go to the divine bar. went there for my bachelorette dinner and it was SO good.

                  I haven't been to megu but hear it's good.. are you thinking of the one downtown or midtown (that's the newer one)?

                  I'm not sure how i feel about stating that the bar is provided for a specific time period, bc if you stay there longer, what are you going to do? ask people to chip in when the bill comes? I'm assuming that's what you don't want to do.. BUT if dinner is only for 2 hours & then you go elsewhere for more drinks then everyone's on their own at that point.. are you close w/ his friends? can you tell them that you can only provide the bar for 2 hours? if there's some sort of comfort level then it should be fine, i think.. that's a tricky one!

                  #19 yamille

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                    Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:15 AM

                    Lauren-

                    I think that if you pick a place that has dinner and a lounge area- then say that you are taking care of the dinner tab (which includes drinks) cause I am guessing that's 2-3 hours with a large group right? Then when you move into the lounge area or go to a different place for drinks/dancing then everyone's on their own. KWIM?

                    I've never been to Megu

                    Laybar- Son cubano wasn't what I meant but I love that place! It's super fun and maybe you should check that out too Lauren? The place that I was thinking about is small and dark and very rustic looking. Argh!! I need to remember the name. Son cubano might be a really fun option though. Check it out!

                    #20 1elephant

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                      Posted 17 July 2008 - 10:55 AM

                      yeah, i'd have the coordinator or whoever not start those 2-3 hrs until we got there, b/c it's a surprise and guests will be there before us. hopefully we'd be done eating w/in those 2-3 hrs (3 hrs at megu, 2 at stanton social), and then go to the bar or somewhere else. i need to make it clear to his friends that i'm not paying for them all night. i wouldn't ask them to chip in, but worse comes to worse, if we're still sitting there, i can make sure the waiters know to tell guests that the open bar is closed. if i were going out to dinner for someone else's bday, i wouldn't expect them to pay for dinner, so that would be a bonus for me. i could even put it on the e-vite....hrm....

                      megu tribeca has better reviews than midtown. tribeca has 4-5 stars on yelp, whereas midtown has 2-3. however, i just found out there is a room fee, even if it's not private...which makes no sense to me...

                      i'll go check out son cubano. what kind of music is it? dh is into electronica/paul van dyke, but something tells me that's not what's played there (not like it matters, we can go elsewhere afterward).

                      EDIT: at son cubano, a dj starts at 11:30, so that would be interesting if we're still there then...i just emailed the contact, and asked if it's possible to have a large group w/o renting out their private room. there is no room fee for megu if i eat in the main dining.

                      so let's say you get an invite for a party...would YOU expect to pay for dinner? drinks? would you be surprised if you were in the main dining area with other patrons rather than in your own room? (would you be surprised if you knew i was on a teacher's salary )...while i may need to cut some corners, i would just HATE for it to look tacky in any way.




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