Future Mother in Law won't look for venues for my fiancée's bridal shower in Manhattan (I suspect she thinks the 95% of the guests who don't live on Long Island are supposed to come out there). So, I need to find a venue capable of hosting a sit down lunch (brunch is a possibility as well) on a Sunday afternoon for about 40 women, in some sort of private space (the more private the better). Hoping to keep the price for food and beer/wine under $55/pp before tax & tip.
I've already looked into a number of places, but many (Blue Water, Arte Cafe, Alice's Tea Cup) have been rejected because of size constraints and others have just been too much $$ (Remi, Bar Americain, Red Eye Grill, Bar Stuzzichini - food price not bad but booze would have been $40pp).
Turning to the Hounds for help. Any leads would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!