After dating for 10 long years, my brother decided to propose to his girlfriend 2 weeks ago. Everyone is thrilled, but the wedding is scheduled for August 31, 2002. Yes, 3 months from now. Talk about dropping the matrimonial bomb. So, needless to say, my family and the bride's family are on a whirlwind wedding adventure. In any case, the other bridesmaids and I are desparately seeking a perfect place to hold a shower. I would expect there to be 50 or so women of all ages and I have a fairly specific idea of the perfect set up. It is going to be a Sunday in late July, a perfect time for an outdoor brunch. Does anyone have any suggestions for a restaurant that could accomodate that size crowd, in this short notice, with decent food and a nice outdoor garden space in Manhattan? As an avid reader of chowhound posts, I recognize that this is the source for all things food in Manhattan. Please accept the challenge and be my oracle in this time of desparation. Thanks in advance.