In late march, I'm hosting a post gallery opening party (West 25th St.) in Chelsea. I'm looking for a place (8pm to midnight) for a reception for the artist after the gallery opening. Ideally, it would be a private or semi-private room for cocktails and apps. followed by a buffet or informal dinner for 20 or so people. Fun, lively and delicious are the goals.
So far, I've received two recommendations:
* The Red Cat, 227 10th Ave., or
* Pepe Giallo, 253 10th Ave.
Could I get Chowhound comments on the above two places or recommendations on any other places in the immediate neighborhood?