I'm going to hope my sharing of the Chowhound Love on the London board will pay off in these few requests for a good friend's "Hen Night" in NY in May. She's not the type to do those whipped cream shots or wear the veil or that terrible t-shirt--she's more a Kir Royale/Hotel bar kind of gal. She does drink and dance though...don't get me wrong. But just leave out all the cheesy stuff.
Request #1. Dinner (relatively) close to our hotel in Times Square on a Friday night around 8 p.m. for 15+ who we can't guarantee will all arrive at the same time due to flights in from many international locations. Budget: $35 a person with drinks, tops. I'm thinking tapas or sushi will work well here. Ideally, someplace where we can eat and then hang out and drink so people can drop in and out all night. That is, would prefer an all-in-one-place...,no change of venue. A private room would be nice, but not 100% necessary.
Request #2: Saturday dinner anywhere easily accessible by subway or taxi for 10+ gals. Mexican would be great. (London doesn't do Mexican all that well.) Budget: $50 a person with drinks. Dancing somewhere nearby with a crowd around our age, champagne, and no other bachelorette parties in attendance is an extra bonus.
Brunch on Sunday. Budget $25 a person with drinks. (Champagne, of course.) This will probably be a late brunch, given the previous night's festivities. So someplace that will take a 2 p.m. booking where we probably stay until 5. This should be a good hangover place, just speaking frankly.
All in all, I'm thinking we're looking for smaller, more local places than big huge venues. Your help and guidance would be most appreciated,