I'm trying to pick a place for a rehearsal dinner in Brooklyn or Manhattan this coming December. Not a particularly big party (prob. 25), but we're on a tight budget for the rehearsal dinner of about $1,000, which comes out to $40 a head. The original thought was a simple dinner in Chinatown, but some older family members were worried it would be too noisy for toasts. On the other hand, having enough privacy for toasts at our price point might just be unrealistic. Anyway, I know Brooklyn restaurants pretty well, but am not usually planning a party of this size or with these requirements, so I'm somewhat stumped and hoping you helpful chowhounders might have some clever ideas.