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Need help for Family Reunion on UWS

I said I would report back, so here goes. We ended up at Trattoria Trecolori, not on the UWS, of course, but otherwise we couldn't have been more pleased. The private room upstairs is absolutely lovely, much more elegant than I expected, with its own bar and lounge area. The food was very good -- certainly a great value for the $35 a person tab -- with a menu that allowed each diner to choose between several entree choices. The service was excellent, and the owner, Marco Gonzales, was present throughout the evening and was incredibly helpful and gracious. All in all, it was a great evening and I would highly recommend Trattoria Trecolori for such an event. Thanks for all the recommendations (this post and elsewhere); I would never have been able to find such a great place without Chowhound advise.

Sep 04, 2007
chicagodiner in Manhattan

Need help for Family Reunion on UWS

I'm amending my own recent message -- after a board search (we're all supposed to do that first, I know) I see lots of good thoughts for Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th, which does have a private room that can accomodate us and cheaper prices -- I'm waiting for the menus to be emailed to me; I had a very pleasant conversation with Marco, one of the owners, I believe. More thoughts on this place? I will also check out the Chinatown option, though I think this crowd may lean more toward Italian.

Jul 20, 2007
chicagodiner in Manhattan

Need help for Family Reunion on UWS

Okay, I'm back and need more help. My personal preference would be to go with Compass, as the private room looks great and it would clearly allow for a quiet get-together, but some of my siblings (we're all chipping in for this) are balking at the costs (the lowest per/person cost for dinner is $90, plus drinks, tax, tip etc. which seems not unreasonable to me for Manhattan for nice food/ambience etc. but which is too much for some). I wonder if you can recommend a good option anywhere in Manhattan that would provide a private room and would be more affordable. Sambuca is certainly cheaper but won't provide a private room unless you have a group of over 25, and we're just below that -- we're expecting 18. I'm presuming Italian places might be best in this regard. Any thoughts? Thanks again for all the help!

Jul 20, 2007
chicagodiner in Manhattan

Need help for Family Reunion on UWS

Thanks so much for all the suggestions everyone -- I will check into all of them and report back when we've made the decision. The Lucerne, by the way, is a very nice place to stay, at least for vacationers (my husband thinks it lacks desk space and good lighting for business travelers, but they are remodelling the rooms so maybe they're addressing that). The rooms are spacious and (for NY) reasonably-priced (the suites include a kitchenette, great for Zabar's take-out); the service at the hotel is exceptional; and of course you can't beat the location, at least for those of us from Chicago, deprived as we are of decent bagels. For the occasion in August we'll also be travelling with a friend of ours from France; she was crazy about the bagels in Chicago so imagine how she'll react to H&H!

Jul 13, 2007
chicagodiner in Manhattan

Need help for Family Reunion on UWS

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!

Jul 11, 2007
chicagodiner in Manhattan