Dear fellow hounds, I have a problem and no one to turn to who understands the worth of delicious food like you do. Please help! My other half and I are looking for a lovely space in which to host a lunch for 30 to 40 people on a Saturday coming in April or May. It is for an intimate wedding celebration, but the event would run as a gettogether of friends (ages 26 to 74)and a 5 minute ceremony at the beginning.
We liked Eleven Madison Park, but I find their proposal a bit outrageous. Starting at 45$ per guest, I can choose: one apetizer, one main course and one dessert from a special events menu--the same item for every guest. Beverages are per consumption and their wine list looks expensive. Any additional course is 5$ per guest per item. The event manager said that it is a bit outrageous but these are the guidelines she got. I really like them and respect their food but this feels like too much. Is there a way to negotiate this into something more reasonable?
Capsuto Freres is another option to consider. The upsides are well known to most of us and their ~$20 lunch prix fixe sounds sweet. The downsides as I percieve them so far: Jacques Capsuto, was a bit off putting and obnoxious over the phone, he seemed excited about the amount of liquor he could possibly sell to my party and is not open to limiting the beverages offered, he started our conversation by saying "of course, I would like to charge you as much as possible!", I also may not be able to have the entire space for our party ( dont know their capacity yet).
Other restaurants I am considering, but do not know well yet:
City Hall--(tongue in cheek)
I would really like a BEAUTIFUL bright room/space in manhattan, with a sophisticated feel. As for food, delicious (consistently)is the only requirement.
Please tell me, am I wrong to be outraged at these prices? We work very hard and do not have a lot of money to play with. I feel like NYC has become unbearably expensive in last 5 years--from average good shoe price to avg entree price. However, I am still stuck with my tastes. Any other suggestions?