My siblings and I, most of whom live in Manila, will be visiting New York and would like to give a party to celebrate our mother's birthday. (Mom spent a couple of happy years as a grad student in NY, and we still have a few friends and family members there.) Except for 5 teenage grandchildren, everyone else is well over 21. (So far over 21 that it should be a sit-down dinner.) Most of us know and love good food, and we would like something special for this landmark birthday. We are not heavy drinkers, and a couple of glasses of wine per person will probably suffice.
I'm sure mom would like us all to dress up a bit, but with a budget of $200 per head what sort of dinner party can one have in Manhattan these days? Is a lovely setting with memorably good food possible? (And, if we really wanted to take her over the moon, is there someplace that would allow her to bring her little dog to the celebration?)