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Office holiday dinner- suggestions please

Check out Brasserie Cognac! I hosted my rehearsal dinner there for about that many people last January in that price range and it was a HUGE success. The room was gorgeous and the food was great. Other great places I checked out were Pera and Cinema, but Cognac was definitely my favorite.

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Brasserie Cognac
1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Nov 17, 2011
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Budget-Friendly Rehearsal Dinner Spot for under $60 per person

I posted this a while ago, but just figured in case anyone else is looking, I ended up hosting our party at Brasserie Cognac and it was wonderful!

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Brasserie Cognac
1740 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

Nov 17, 2011
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Ideas for an affordable holiday gathering or happy hour venue?

I'm looking for ideas for a private party or happy hour for up to about 40 people. I run a new small business and would like to hold a small holiday gathering for my clients and business contacts. I'd love a place where I can maybe offer wine (and maybe beer) and appetizers or an inexpensive buffet meal. I'm happy to bring in outside food, too. Or perhaps a place that will allow me to bring food (or serve food) and then offer happy hour specials. I'm open to a restaurant, bar, or even a gallery space. My budget is very small, but my crowd would be mostly food writers, journalists, foodies, so I could also offer that access in trade to the venue. Any ideas?

In terms of location, I'm totally flexible. Ideal would be on the West side, anywhere between Chelsea and the UWS (Hell's Kitchen, Midtown West, etc.). But If you have other ideas elsewhere in the city, I'm open to them.

Nov 17, 2011
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Budget-Friendly Rehearsal Dinner Spot for under $60 per person

oh thanks for the dineprivate recommendation! I'll check those two places out and see what else they have on that site.

Oct 18, 2010
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Budget-Friendly Rehearsal Dinner Spot for under $60 per person

Hi All!
I'm planning my rehearsal dinner and need ideas and recommendations for places with good food, that are budget friendly. Our dinner will be for around 40 people, but we have a very limited budget. I'm looking for a place that can accommodate us for dinner on a Thursday night (on January 6th) for around $60 per person including alcohol (house wine or pitchers of sangria will be fine...we don't need open bar or cocktails). Ideally, something on the East side would be best as that is where the hotel is (our wedding is at the metropolitan building in LIC so the guests are staying in Midtown East), but if you have other ideas in other parts of the city, I'd love to hear them.

Thanks for your help!

Oct 18, 2010
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If I don't have a springform pan, can I use something else?

The primary reason for using is a springform is for cakes that have a pretty top that you don't want to ruin by inverting the cake (think a crumb topping, a cake with fresh fruit baked on top, or something like an ooey gooey butter cake). it's also used regularly for cheescake (which again, you wouldn't invert because it would be upside down and would likely cause a huge mess) or delicate cakes like flourless chocolate ones that finish baking/setting outside of the oven as it cools.

Oct 11, 2010
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Does one have to serve dessert at a dinner party?

I personally always serve and expect dessert to be served at the end of a dinner party. i'm the kind of person always orders dessert (see my handle and it's also the name of my blog! lol!) so it's definitely an important part of the meal for me. I agree that it can be something simple and store bought---a platter of cookies from a local baker or a pound cake with fresh whipped cream and berries--many people do expect something sweet at the end of the meal so it will seem odd to never serve it. I should note that it may also help signal the end of the evening; otherwise you may have folks who hang on waiting for the dessert not realizing that the meal is over.

My fiance's family often just serves fruit for dessert...sliced watermelon or grapes, for example--and it always feels weird and lacking to me. I find myself going home and scouring the cupboards and freezer for a proper treat. I also like the suggestion to ask the guest to bring...people invariably ask what they can offer and you can say something like "Oh actually, could you bring something to share for dessert? Tom and I don't have much of a sweet tooth so we're terrible judges of what's good."

Oct 04, 2010
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Need help converting cake recipe from 9" round to 14" round (3 layer)

OP here. The cake is 1 cake with three layers, each the same thickness as the original so the 2.4 seems correct. I'll have to figure out how to adjust the leavening accordingly. It seems I'll finally have an excuse to purchse RLB's book!

Thank you so much for your help!

Dec 31, 2009
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Need help converting cake recipe from 9" round to 14" round (3 layer)

Hi,

I've been asked to make one of my favorite cake recipes (for a 9" round cake) as a larger, 14" round cake for a party (3 tiers). Can someone tell me how to calculate the increase? I also know I need to adjust the leavening differently so it doesn't collapse. Would appreciate any advice or formulas you might have.

Thanks!

Dec 29, 2009
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Bar for group of 20-25 in Hell's Kitchen

is this a bar or restaurant? Would it have seating for 20-25 people? thanks!

Sep 02, 2008
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Bar for group of 20-25 in Hell's Kitchen

Hey All, I'm looking for a bar for a group of 20-25 people around Hell's Kitchen/Midtown tomorrow night (wednesday, 7pm). Does anyone have any suggestions? Preferably with finger foods and not too loud.

Thanks!

Sep 02, 2008
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Copycat recipe for the Tomato Basil Soup at Cafeteria (in Chelsea)? [moved from Manhattan board]

I'm craving the tomato basil soup at Cafeteria. I think it's incredible and would love to recreate at home. Anyone have a good recipe? Most tomato-basil soup recipes come out tasting like pasta sauce imho, but I think Cafeteria's is awesome...

Jul 09, 2008
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For those who work in UnionSq/WVil- where do you grab a quick lunch?

My favorites when I worked there were Havana Central, Mandlers (but closed for renovation--GO when it opens), Mecca, Tisserie, and Max Brenners. OH! And the Chat & Chow... so good!

Jul 08, 2008
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How many roast chickens for 15 people?

SO I ended up roasting three big ones, to be safe. Each about 6-7 pounds. We only needed two and there was a little bit leftover (although we devoured that after getting home from the bar later that night). They were delicious! The third chicken is going to make delicious salad and soup this week. I can't wait! Thanks everyone for your wonderful help!

May 11, 2008
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What to do with left over yolks?

With extra whites you can make fantastic financier! So each and really delicious. I have a coconut financier recipe that is just awesome, and I simmer some ginger in the beurre noisette for this really unexpected flavor. I wont' link to it since it's on my own blog, but if you google "coconut financier" you should be able to find it. Dave Leibovitz has a similar recipe too.

Another option for old egg whites is Macarons. You actually need two-three day old egg whites for that so your not so fresh ones would be perfect

May 07, 2008
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How many roast chickens for 15 people?

Sherri, This is such a fantastic idea! I actually just had three people cancel (one couple and one individual) so I'm down to a neat dozen (including me). I really like your idea to make one the day before and the other the day of. Sounds really perfect!

May 07, 2008
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What to do with left over yolks?

Hi Ellen,

Actually it was the first time I made it! It just so happened that I didn't have enough olive oil so I decided to mix the two. I'd just received a product sample of this red cocoa from some company (I"m a blogger so I get random stuff sometimes) and was reading the label while the mayo mixed. It was sort of a whim that caused me to add the teaspoon of cocoa in. The taste was very nutty, almost a little bitter. I added a bit of sugar to it to balance out the flavors and it worked really well with a grilled chicken cutlet. I still want to play with it a bit more, but it's kind of a cross between a mole and mayo (if you can imagine that...) lol

May 07, 2008
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How many roast chickens for 15 people?

I like the under a brick style, but I won't be grilling. If I were to do three chickens (about 4.5 lbs each), how long would I roast for and at what temp?

May 05, 2008
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How many roast chickens for 15 people?

I love the porchetta idea, but my last dinner party was a cuban theme and I served a roast pork shoulder. Also I have 1 non-pork eating jewish friend attending this time so I want to do something he can eat. I might try either the turkey or the game hen, but as I (weirdly) don't like hens am not sure... Ah so many ideas!! ;)

May 05, 2008
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What to do with left over yolks?

I just made some homemade mayo with my extra yolks (i was making macarons with the whites). I used hazelnut oil and added a bit of cocoa for a really great kind of nutty flavored mayo. Am planning to use with chicken tomorrow.

May 04, 2008
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How many roast chickens for 15 people?

See Alan this is more what I had in mind. I'll be stuffing the birds and carving "thanksgiving turkey" style as opposed to hacking it into full pieces. My friends aren't all huge eaters. They love food, but are very moderate about it. I feel like they would take a slice or two of the chicken--maybe two or three of the guys would take more, but two of the girls barely eat (one is a model). I think I might see how big the birds are and decide at the store if I need the third. Perhaps I'll pick up an extra breast

May 04, 2008
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Bottarga

Oh this is wonderful! Thank you so much for your help. I'll definitely check out those stores (probably start at Buon Italia) tomorrow.

May 04, 2008
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How many roast chickens for 15 people?

You've all been wonderfully helpful! I think I'll try and find two of the largest roasters I can find (about 6lbs). My oven is huge so fitting them won't be a concern. If anything, I'll make an extra side and with all the other courses there should definitely be enough food. Thank you all again!

May 04, 2008
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How many roast chickens for 15 people?

Hi,

I'm having a dinner party for 15 and am planning on serving roast chicken as one of the courses. It's a tuscan theme and I will be starting with some light antipasti followed by the first course of risotto and gnudi. The chicken will be the main course along with some roast vegetables as a side and followed by fruit/cheese then dessert. I'm trying to determine how many pounds of chicken I will need. Given the amount of courses, the portions won't have to be very large. Any suggestions on how much chicken I will need? I'm assuming 2 birds of about 5-6 lbs each. Does that sound about right?

Thanks!

May 04, 2008
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Bottarga

Where can I find Bottarga in NYC? And about how much does it cost?

May 04, 2008
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Help! Good bar for meetup group near Penn Station?

Me Bar sounds great, but it seems like a summer place. Is there enough room indoors for a group of 20? Has anyone been there recently?

Mar 28, 2008
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Help! Good bar for meetup group near Penn Station?

Thanks...I'll check those out!

Mar 25, 2008
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Help! Good bar for meetup group near Penn Station?

I need your help! I organize a meetup group and the place we usually go to (downtown) has been closed. We're trying to find a relaxed bar near Penn Station that would be good for a a group of about 10-20 people to sit around drinking a few drinks and talkign for a couple hours. The meeting would take place next wednesday night around 7pm. The music can't be too lound since we want to be able to have good conversation. Some people might order pizza or bar food, but usually it's just a couple drinks per person. We're not a loud or rowdy group (we're bloggers)... Any ideas?

Thanks!

Mar 25, 2008
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Mum's the Velveeta

I'm hoping that this was meant to be sarcastic.

Jan 25, 2008
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