So. I had originally envisioned a quiet, smallish dinner for four to six people. But somehow--people who couldn't be left off the list; everyone RSVPing yes--this morphed into a group of 10 to 12. I'm afraid the group is going to be too big for all of us to carry on a conversation, and I hate the idea of our being one of those obnoxious loud groups that make you want to ask to move tables if you're seated nearby. We will be a group of mostly women, mostly late 30something/early 40something, most with pretty refined palates although not picky eaters. I'd like to keep cost in the reasonable range (probably no more than $60 per person), as these big group things tend to spiral out of control in cost per person, especially with wine figured in--and also because I'm the birthday celebrant and I don't want people to have to shell out too much on my behalf. My favorites are probably Italian/Spanish/Mediterranean, but I am not wedded to this. I'm in the East Village and most of my friends are in Brooklyn (Slope/Cobble Hill/Boerum Hill), so those are the locations I'm leaning toward. I'm thinking possibly Supper (do they take reservations for groups?) in Manhattan, Lunetta or Frankie's Spuntino in Brooklyn, or maybe the new Po on Smith St.--anyone know if that would accommodate a group this size? I'm also wildly curious about the new Gemma in the Bowery Hotel, whose menu looks reasonable (and the space gorgeous), but maybe that's too trendy. Thanks for any suggestions you may have!