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piyopiyo | Jul 17, 2005 04:58 PM

thanks for all the replies to my earlier post...definitely helped for me to let off some steam on this board before going to the party...never a good idea to go to a party in a grouchy/bad mood...

so...my comments...

the party went very well...helped by the fact that our waitress was super nice, I couldn't catch her name but she was very accomodating and happy to help us in deciding what items on the menu would be good for such a large group. The food was pretty good I have to admit, the things I remember having...dumplings (as good as expected), sliders (two kinds, both yummy), empanadas (ok), spring rolls?, pizza (2 kinds?), etc. The drinks from their cocktail menu were pretty interesting (orange and jalapeno margarita? honeysuckle-something?) not too expensive...the food came out in good timing and continued to come out at regular intervals throughout the evening and of course the cake was served without a hitch (whew!)...

We were seated in the lounge area which is a completely seperate place than the restaurant and is set up (in the front half) exactly like any other bar/lounge with low tables and lounge seating (not terribly conducive to eating with utensils). However it was actually quite perfect for us as we were thinking along the lines of a cocktail-ish finger food kind of event rather than a sit-down dinner type of party...

all in all, it turned out to be an enjoyable evening...could have been better if I didn't know how rude the owner was! I will probably go back there at some point to try the other items on their menu (in a much smaller group and minus any bithday cakes!) in the future but I wouldn't say that it was so good that I would rush back there right away nor was it good enough to excuse his rudeness.

some lessons learned in planning a party...
1. if the restaurant is kind of non-commital about whether they will take your reservation you should probably start looking elsewhere...
2. if the people who answer your calls always seem like they are pre-occupied or unsure or too busy to answer your questions, it probably wouldn't be a bad idea for you to start thinking of a Plan B
3. if they do accept your reservation for a big party make sure you are super-anal and ask them about every single one of their policies...even ones that you don't know whether or not they have...then ask them again and again until you are 110% sure...
4. hire an event planner!

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