I looking to host a post-art gallery opening cocktail party in Chelsea in late May. I'm planning for about 25 guests for drinks and stand-up food (eg, tapas, buffet, passed hors d'oevres) in a fun, lively and hopefully delicious restaurant. Ideally, I would like to find a private or semi-private room in Chelsea where guests could come in and stay or visit for a short time before they move on to their next event. The cocktail party would be from 8pm to 11pm or so on a Thursday evening.
Not looking for a formal sit down event. But, am hoping for more than pizza and beer. Any style or ethnicity is fine so long as the atmoshphere is fun and the food good to very good.
Any chowhound recommendations for a possible venue for this kind of event?
Thanks for your suggestions.