I posted a few weeks ago, and got some helpful responses (the best of which is Jane on Houston St, which we're seriously considering)--thanks!. But the size of our dinner has grown, and while Jane would be great for 30, it seems tight for 40. Other places we've ruled out (for size) are Lupa and Il Buco. We'd like to either take over a smallish restaurant (though since it's a Friday night, not one that would cost too much!) or find a restaurant with a private room. Walking distance from Houston & Lafayette would be ideal. I like the idea of Chinatown, but none of the places we've considered have nice enough space. Expense-wise, we want to keep this to $75-100 (tops!) per head, including liquor.
ANY suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks in advance.