I hope you can help as I am clueless about good food/restaurants in the city! I'm sure this question has been asked a thousand times on the site; but I can't seem to find a thread that fits my info and/or answers from this year.
My husband and I got married at city hall earlier this year, but would love to have a dinner for our closest family and friends; we were thinking on the anniversary of when we first met, December 14th of this year, which falls on a Friday.
I'm embarrassed to say I was born and raised in NYC yet have no real knowledge of good food in the city other than local Chinese take-out. And the food being great is of utmost importance to us! Here's what we're aiming for, if it's not too unrealistic in Manhattan:
(1) A place that can accommodate a group of 50 ppl, on a budget of no more than $5000 including tax & gratuity-- We do NOT want Liquor, so hopefully this helps a bit.
(2) Italian or Latin or American Cuisine
(3) A romantic, warm, intimate ambiance; rustic decor, since we can't really afford decor to dress it up.
(4) I have no clue if a restaurant would think of sticking a group of 50 ppl in their public space so this may go without saying, but a private area would be preferred, as we might want to exchange vows in front of our guests..
Sorry this is lengthy! I just really have no clue were to start and I must admit I am a bit intimidated by the whole process of calling restaurants up.