In late August we're taking my mother back to NYC, where she spent her formative years, to celebrate her 85th birthday. Our group (me, husband, and two kids, along with mom) will be staying at the Lucerne Hotel. We're looking for a good place for a Saturday night dinner for a large group -- maybe 20 -25 people -- as we'll be joined by other relatives, some of whom live in NYC, and I'm thinking that a private room would be best, as many of these people haven't seen each other in quite a while and would like ample opportunity to visit. My mother's brother, who is in his 90s but still pretty with it, will be there, so with these seniors (and some children) among us we need a fairly sedate place, I'd think, though I believe we're open to all sorts of food. I know Nice Matin is adjacent to the Lucerne (we've stayed there before); any thoughts on that? And has anyone ever used the Lucerne itself for meetings or gatherings -- they offer such services and I plan to inquire but wouldn't mind some outside opinions. My husband is from NYC and travels there frequently on business so we know how to get around the city; if there's a perfect place other than the UWS that you'd recommend let us know. Thanks in advance for the advice!