I usually don't post these sort of requests, but I'm just stumped at the moment and so need to call on Chowhound's collective wisdom. Here's what I'm looking for:
-a restaurant for seven women who usually do a potluck dinner once a month to instead go out to as a farewell celebration for someone who's moving to So America.
-biggest problem: the only time we can do it is on a Sunday at 3 when not many places serve.
-somehow celebratory or interesting/fun place. Doesn't have to be high-end at all, but should be a good experience. In fact, I was thinking about Balthazar or the Tavern room at Grammercy Tavern but I don't think we want to spend that much.
-so, it should be under around $30/person for a light meal, but including wine for the table and tip (or would that be ok at Balthazar or GT?)
-not So American food, and probably not Spanish or Italian either. Asian, middle eastern, french, would all be good. (if it was for dinner, we might have done Indian. North African would be good too.).
-could be all vegetarian, doesn't have to be veggie at all, but probably not a totally meat-focused place.
-small plates might be good considering the odd time of day, but not necessary at all.
-anywhere in Manhattan.
-most importantly, not just somewhere where the kitchen might stay open to serve us at 3, which I'm having enough trouble finding, but somewhere where we won't be lifting out legs for them to mop under while we're sitting there. Somewhere, in other words, that will actually welcome for us mid-afternoon.
-I'm willing to sacrifice a bit on the deliciousness scale in order to meet these requirements, but it does have to be GOOD food if not fabulous.