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November 21, 2008 - by Ellis Whitman

An eclectic menu featuring B.'s interpretations of fine cuisine from around the globe can be found at B. Smith’s. Plan a group event, a holiday party or a family get-together here where they can serve groups from 20 to 200 in size. 320 W. 46th St. btw. Eighth & Ninth Aves., 212-315-1100

With its lovingly restored turn-of-the-20th-century architecture, Brendan’s Bar & Grill is a grand slice of old New York. Brendan’s offers top-of-the-line bar and grill delights that range from comfort foods and steaks to seafood dishes and pizzas; all are first-rate, reasonably priced, and served in generous portions. Brendan’s also has special party menus of buffet hors d’oeuvres that, combined with a 3-hour open bar, will make any occasion festive. 42 W. 35th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 212-564-5405

While catching the game at Heartland Brewery, New York’s first American-style brew pub, sample one of the many unique brewed beers, try a tasty martini, or have one of the appetizers, like the mini bison burgers. (Keep in mind: The Empire State Building location has seven flat screens.) Heartland Brewery is a unique restaurant group with 6 locations with 10 private party rooms at the city’s most popular destinations. To make inquires or to plan events, please contact Ceri Dowson at 212-582-2057. 35 Union Square at 16th St., 212-645-3400; 127 W. 43rd St. btw. Sixth & Seventh Aves., 646-366-0235; South Street Seaport, 93 South St. at Fulton St., 646-572-2332; Fifth Ave. & 34th St. in the Empire State Bldg., 212-563-3433; 1285 Sixth Ave. at 51st St., 212-582-8244

Much like its hall-of-fame namesake, Mickey Mantle’s is a New York legend, featuring southwestern-leaning American food. Their 28 hi-def plasma/LCD TVs always show all types of sporting events. There’s also museum-quality memorabilia, a sports art gallery, and a special “Little League” menu is offered just for kids. This exciting sports restaurant has hosted a wide variety of events, including birthday parties, corporate parties, press conferences, weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, cocktail receptions, book-publication parties, autograph shows, charity auctions, dinner parties and new-product introductions. Their chef and banquet managers will be happy to tailor the food-and-beverage service to fit the exact needs of your function. 42 Central Park South, 59th St. btw. Fifth & Sixth Aves., 212-688-7777

From the moment you enter Ninja New York and are greeted by the staff clad in jet-black Ninja ensembles, you’ll know you’ve entered another dimension. A recreation of a hidden 18th-century Japanese ninja village, it’s a one-of-a-kind, very entertaining dining experience combined with high-end contemporary Japanese cuisine. For private parties, reserve their Rock Garden dining room, which can accommodate a sit-down dinner of 35 or a stand-up meal for 50. Prices range from $50 and up, and options are to be served either course-style or buffet-style. They also offer a $30 all-you-can-drink for 2 hours. 25 Hudson St. btw. Reade & Duane Sts., 212-274-8500

Considered one of the city’s greatest attractions, the landmark Patsy’s Italian Restaurant, renowned for its celebrity clientele (it was Frank Sinatra’s favorite), has been family-run since 1944. Just steps from Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Theatre District, a meal at Patsy's is a must when visiting New York City. For lunch, dinner, business, or pleasure, come see why Patsy's has been receiving encore after encore for over half a century. Looking for a Manhattan location to host your next corporate function or private party? Patsy's can accommodate large parties in our private dining room, and we can design a custom menu for the occasion. 236 W. 56th St. btw. Broadway & Eighth Ave., 212-247-3491; www.patsys.com

Located in The Westin Hotel at Times Square, Shula’s serves some of the nation’s best Certified Angus Beef, fresh seafood, and live main lobster; and it’s the steak house all football fans should visit—the chain is owned by former NFL player and coach Don Shula. Coach Shula opened the doors to his first Shula’s in Miami in 1989, and has since opened over a dozen nationwide. Currently Shula’s ranks as one of the top five steak houses in America. Even if you aren’t a football fan, you can’t help but enjoy the warm professional service and unbeatable atmosphere, and in addition to theater dining, their private dining room is perfect for private parties and corporate entertaining. 43rd St. at Eighth Ave., 212-201-2776; www.westinNY.com

It’s party time at Tío Pepe, the venerable landmark in Greenwich Village. Tío Pepe has been voted “numero uno” for its Spanish cuisine while food writers have lavished praise upon our wonderful Mexican specialties. At Tío Pepe you have a choice of atmosphere. The skylight dining room supplies a touch of romance while the enclosed sidewalk café provides a room with a view of the colorful streets of Greenwich Village. The cozy bar area offers the perfect place to sample a few tapas while choosing from a wide selection of tequilas and flavored vodkas.  So whether you plan an intimate dinner for two or a festive party for up to 150, Tío Pepe guarantees satisfaction. 168 W. 4th St. (6-7 Aves.), 212-242-9338, 212-242-6480; www.tiopepenyc.com

In the heart of Times Square, Utsav Indian restaurant, offers traditional Indian flavors from the delicately spiced seafood of Bengal to the richly flavored curries of Punjab. Utsav has plenty of space for your holiday party, with an intimate lounge for smaller parties and ample dining rooms for larger parties; Utsav can accommodate groups of 20 or 200. Opened in 2000 by restaurateur Emiko Kothari, this is her only US location of 20 Indian restaurants and is run by her granddaughter Nandita Khanna. Utsav is Sanskrit for Festival, so it’s only fitting that you celebrate your Holidays at Utsav! For more information please contact the General Manager Mr. Mohan Ahluwalia at 212-575-2525 or via email at mohanutsav@hotmail.com. 1185 Ave of the Americas (enter at 46th St. btw. 6th and 7th Aves.); www.utsavny.com

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