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50th Anniversary Ideas?

NAspy | | Jul 21, 2007 06:20 PM

My in-law's 50th Anniversary is coming up, and we'd like to celebrate with about 25 people, either in a place with a private room or that can seat every one at a large table in the dining room.

Is $50 per too outrageously low to even consider? We have no real reference points for price. Chez Mimi was $75 per person for hors d'oerves, appetizer, main and dessert, not inclusive of alcohol, tax or tip. Off Vine was $40 per person, but that price does not allow for a fish choice (they also had a 30 person minimum). This seems a rather large price divide between two somewhat comparable places (Mimi's is better, but is it that much better?) Also, how do places feel about us bringing our own good wine -- is the corkage still a per bottle fee or is there some other arrangement?

At first, we were thinking Opus, because they have that nice private room, but I think the atmosphere is too dark and modern for my in-law's taste. Too bad -- great food.

Subsequent ideas were either Mimosa or Pastis, but we thought both might be a bit too small to accomodate us. The food there is more or less what the in-laws would like.

And then there's Lilly's, in Venice. Last year we went there for my wife's bday dinner (just the 4 of us) and I felt the food quality had dropped. Has anybody had any recent good dining experiences there?

Any hound with info about group dining experiences at these or any other place that seems to fit the bill would be most welcome.

The other option is for us to have something catered at the house. If you want to throw out the name of a good caterer, please do! Thanks for any suggestions!