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taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

I'm sure you will!

May 17, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

Staff is there and being paid. It's a restaurant/lounge -- casual place. How hard is it to provide a knife. I think they should be happy to have my biz. I was there last friday and there were maybe 20 people there. The Friday night of my party -- they'll have 80. and 80 drinking! Beyond what min is. I guess this is in addition to my visit last friday -- had a drink at bar and we tried out some apps -- since I will have party there. They've never let me taste anything -- at comp. I totally trusting that food is okay.

May 17, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

my thoughts exactly. they are charging me
-$15/pp for passed apps PER HOUR -- i'm doing 1.5 hrs for $22,50
- then balance is for bar -- i'm using ticket system
*pink ticket- wine/mixed (and begged to include smirnoff- as that certainly is not top shelf) - $10 for redeemed tickets
* green ticket- beer/soda (they charge $6 beer/$4 soda - but to make things easy -- giving $6 for each green ticket redeemed) -- so they make extra money here and yet still had plate fee
and $6 for beer/soda -- totally making a huge mark-up. I'm using tickets -- $6 for beer & soda -- soda is usually $4 if someone pays at bar, but i've agreed that on soda/beer ticket- i'll pay $6 -- so they are making

May 17, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

not sure following? No i won't share cost with friends, but to manage costs, and maybe help contribute to my costs, I'm giving everyone two "birthday dollars" pink for mixed/wine, and green for beer /soda. I then pay rest. a set price per type of drink ($10 mixed/wine & $6 beer/soda). With two for everyone -- should hit limit. anything beyond 2 drinks, guest would need to purchase -- and $$ taken in by restaurant should go towards my min. hope that is clear.

May 17, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

no tip is 20% on top of minimum spend.

May 17, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

not low key -- but -- it's not a wedding or something like that. I
t's a BIG birthday/ milestone -- and since I'm not married, have no kids, and life is short --h throwing myself a party. However, I am freaked a bit as I'm nervous about having/making a party and spending $$.
Thank you all for your opinions. Shocked at how many respond on this site!!
THANK YOU!

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

no when we discussed dessert

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

i agree -- got opinions. I just think NYC prices are crazy. And, guess that is what happens when you make a party in NYC vs. NJ.

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

sorry -- passed hummus on pita at $10/pp

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

when they told me, over phone, dessert would be $12/pp, then I asked what that includes -- she said maybe chocolate covered strawberries, some cookies. I said considering passed apps are $15pp per hour, that seems high. She then said you can bring in a cake as well, but never mentioned any fee. That's my frustration. Last minute items that seem /feel to me like nickel and diming. Despite that is what restaurants do, i don't often make parties -- i just like to know all costs upfront. Not surprised at time of contract.

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

in addition-- i'd never ask for extras when spending for wedding gifts or anything at retail. i just like to know upfront the cost and agree or not agree to it. that's all. Yes, they would mandate dessert pp. Just like an hummas is $10/pp.

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

that is not the issue -- it's advising of costs upfront!

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

you are absolutely right!

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

The $12 for dessert of chocolate covered strawberries and a few cookies seemed excessive. I don't need them to cut the cake or plate it. it;'s not a wedding --- just a low key bday party. just tell me the fees upfront, not later in the contract. I don't like surprises.

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

LIsten, have no issue if I was told upfront about the fee. Then perhaps maybe I would have ordered a cake from the establishment. They just never said anything, that 's the part making me upset.

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

note the min they are charging is $4000 -- I'm only spending 1/2 of that in food, rest in drinks. But spending $4K fo night -- seemed petty to then charge $50 for cake.

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

venue for big group 5/20

Evergreen - on 37th off madison

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Manhattan

taking over restaurant and CHARGE for CAKE CUTTING? Thoughts?

I'm taking over an entire restaurant /loungefor my birthday. I'm meeting their minimum fee for the night (being charged $15/pp for passed apps AND paying on consumption bar (up to a limit).

Their desserts are 12/pp - kind of high -- so said I can bring my own cake. Now, at contract time, they want to charge $50 for cake service? Something they never said before.

Thoughts? I think that's crazy - considering I'm bringing 70-80 people, meeting the $ minimum $$ made that night can offset my bill or go to them. Am I overreacting and thinking this is penny wise pound foolish?

May 16, 2012
rswrsw in Not About Food

NYC birthday celebration - cocktails & hors D'Oeuvres & disco - WHERE?

I am planning a birthday party for myself -- a milestone bday. And, want to have a party at a nice/swanky place with cocktails and lite bites (passed hor doeuvres or buffet) for about 70 people. I'm paying. Budget -$5-$6K. And, of course want be able to dance -- disco. I'm a 70/80s disco nut. Anyone have suggestions for a place or how to do this in nyc?

Jan 11, 2012
rswrsw in Manhattan