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graduation dinner

sarahVT | Mar 1, 2005 03:10 PM

Hi- This is my first post to Chowhounds, though I have had some great meals following your advice (especially on a trip to Barcelona the summer of 2003). Thank you!

My sister is graduating from Fordham on Sat May 21st. I am looking for a restaurant in Manhattan for dinner that night. We'll have 15 people and will probably go through a fair amount of wine. The problem is, I took my sister to Artisanal one time and I think that she has that kind of place in mind . I'm afraid to imagine what the bill for 15 people (plus wine) would be like at a place like that.

Does anyone have any suggestions for a place that isn't too expensive, has good food and a reasonably priced wine list (or allows BYOB). It's important that the restaurant keep the reservations (I had a bad experience with a friends birthday party one time). My 81 year old grandmother will be with us and I need to know that she can get out of the cab and be seated on time. I like the idea of a special menu or private room (or possibly a very small restaurant) and I think a French bistro would be an especially popular choice...though Italian or American might also be good.

I have never been there, but I am wondering if Le Quinze might be a good choice. I looked at the menu on-line and the prices seem in the right area, the reviews seem good and I read somewhere that the owners were associated with rugby in France (my sister played rugby for quite a while and would love that). Is it big enough for 15 people? The review I saw said that it was busy later in the night, but I think that we could get there fairly early...

Thank you for your help!

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