I'm planning my own birthday party and I'm looking for a restaurant/lounge for 20-25 persons in NYC. I will be paying for the catering, the ideal would be $25/$30 per person but I know I'll have to pay more for good food. Many places charge for a room. I found Ilili and they want $2500 for a saturday night + tax and tips or $1500 for Sunday. I love the atmosphere of this restaurant and the food is excellent. This is a minimum, it includes food and drinks. The rooms are beautiful but it is too expensive for me. I don't want to have a seated dinner. I would love a restaurant with tapas/hors d'oeuvres type of food and have guests to pay for their own drinks (can't afford all).
Any suggestions, I greatly appreciated.