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Holiday Parties

October 27, 2008 - by Alan Binenstock
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At AJ Maxwell’s Steakhouse, you will experience a fresh interpretation of a steak house menu, and a gracious and informative staff that will attend to your needs. Located in the restaurant’s cozy lower-level wine cellar, AJ Maxwell’s five private dining rooms can accommodate lunch and dinner parties from six to 60, and cocktail parties for up to 150 people. They’ve hosted everything from holiday cocktail parties to sweet sixteens, and for every occasion they offer special menus, a full bar, and a state-of-the-art sound system. To book an event, call 212-262-6200. 57 W. 48th St. btw. Fifth and Sixth Aves., 212-262-6200;

On 41st Street, you can savor a great steak in a breathtaking Manhattan setting. Superbly designed, Benjamin Steak House is located in the Dylan Hotel, and was opened by a 20-year veteran of Peter Luger’s Steak House, Chef Arturo McLoed. Benjamin’s welcomes groups of all sizes. If you’re planning a corporate party or a holiday bash, the entire restaurant can be reserved for over 200 guests. Smaller events can be booked on the second level with a full bar and dedicated waitstaff. Their private dining room comfortably accommodates up to 60 guests. To learn more, call 212-297-9177. 52 E. 41st St. btw. Madison & Park Aves., 212-297-9177

Bill’s “Gay Nineties” offers a restaurant experience from another era—it originally opened as a speakeasy during Prohibition in a brownstone built during the 1860s. The decor features stained glass, chandeliers, turn-of-the-20th-century theatre posters, playbills, and portraits of prizefighters and racehorses. The menu offers hearty fare with a variety of seafood, excellent steaks and filet mignon. If you’re planning a holiday party, they have rooms to accommodate 20 to 100 people for a cocktail or dinner. For more information, call 212-355-0243 and ask for Barbara. 57 E. 54th St. btw. Madison & Park Aves., 212-355-0243

Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is a place of glamour, excitement, red meat, and much more, reflecting the rhythm and energy of midtown Manhattan. They have several rooms for private events. They include the Newsroom, a lively semi-private balcony area can hold up to 30 guests located on the mezzanine with a spectacular view of Sixth Avenue; the Lounge, also on the mezzanine, is a quiet private room with city views and an old-world feeling perfectly suited for business meetings or social gatherings, and can hold up to 40 guests; the Diamond Room, located on the main floor, is very private and can hold up to 22 guests; and the Wine Cellar, which is located below street level, can hold up to 35 guests. Please contact Heather Lasnier for availability at 212-575-5129. 49th St. & Sixth Ave., 212-575-5129

Dévi brings together the talents of chefs Suvir Saran and Hemant Mathur, sharing the authentic flavors and spirit of Indian home cooking. Each plate is a journey, introducing layer upon layer of tastes and textures—from regional street food to family recipes. The interior is swathed in rich textiles, brightly colored lanterns, and wooden temple accents. Whether your event is a cocktail reception, a wedding celebration or dinner for 20, Dévi offers a delightful dining experience. They can accommodate parties of up to 75 for a seated meal at the restaurant, or they will bring the Dévi experience to you! For more information and pricing for private events and catering, please contact: Sonny Solomon or Surbhi Sahni at 212-691-1300. 8 E. 18th St. at Fifth Ave., 212-691-1300;

Forty-fifth Street is the home of Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse, which opened as a speakeasy in 1926. Experienced, well-dressed waiters provide all the familiar American comfort-food favorites, and the USDA Prime steaks are dry-aged for at least 21 days, resulting in steaks that are deeply marbled, and juicy. Their intimate dining room is perfect for small to medium-sized parties. 269 W. 45th St. at Eighth Ave., 212-997-9494. At their 37th Street location they also host parties in their famed Barrymore Room. Located on the second floor of the restaurant it is an exact replica of actor John Drew Barrymore’s study. In this historic, wood-paneled enclave you may host events from 20 to 75 guests. For reservations call 212-947-8940. 32 W. 37th St.;

As the birthplace of the New York Strip, Gallagher’s is renowned for its steaks, veal loin and double-rib lamb chops—broiled over hickory logs—as well as a delicious steak au poivre. Gallagher's legendary Trophy Room is the preferred venue for a myriad of events: Broadway openings; corporate breakfasts; lunch and dinner meetings; and holiday parties. The Trophy Room can accommodate up to 110 seated, 200 reception-style, and 100 theater-style. To book your next event, or if you have any questions, please contact their catering department at 212-957-2884. 228 W. 52 St. at Broadway, 212-245-5336;

The world-famous Grand Central Oyster Bar offers the best bay scallops in New York. Shipped directly from Cape Cod, these magnificent scallops are just one of the delicious items on the menu, which also includes 25 varieties of fish and 30 varieties of oysters at the spectacular raw bar. Their barroom can be reserved for private parties, and their website,, features their special private-party menu. Grand Central Terminal, lower level, 42nd St. btw. Vanderbilt & Lexington Aves., 212-490-6650

Monte’s has been serving classic Italian Cuisine in Greenwich Village since 1918, and Chef Pietro Mosconi ensures your visit is a most memorable one. Order from the menu or, even better, choose one of Chef Pietro’s signature “specials of the evening” and the wine that goes with it. At Monte's you can host your gathering in their intimate private dining room located on the 2nd level. This warm and private setting is perfect for all of life's special occasions—family celebrations, corporate events, and weddings. To request information on planning a private event with them, visit their website at 97 MacDougal St. btw. Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts., 212-228-9194

Established in 1976, San Martin offers Italian cuisine with a Spanish twist, all in a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. Menu highlights include a prix-fixe $18 lunch, a succulent filet mignon, and Costoletta di Vitello a la Grilla, an extra-thick and inviting veal chop, and pastas. And be sure to save room for dessert—their chocolate mud cake is to die for! Open 7 days, noon-midnight. The San Martin private party room is the scene of many celebrations for corporate clients as well as personal occasions. The gracious old-world surroundings and the superior cuisine lend distinction to any happy gathering. Call their host, Ramon San Martin, to plan a cocktail party or banquet menu. 143 E. 49th St. btw. Third & Lexington Aves., 212-832-0888;

Enjoy timeless Puerto Rican classics such as ropa vieja, garlic shrimp and paella with lobster in a hip, Caribbean atmosphere at Sofrito. They offer both on- and off-premises catering, no matter how big your party is. For either type of occasion, contact the restaurant at 212-754-5999. 400 E. 57th St. at First Ave.;

Pleasing the most discerning of steak lovers, the USDA prime steaks at Uncle Jack’s—all aged for at least 21 days—include New York strip, filet mignon and a special Kobe beef, hand-massaged with sake and hard to find anywhere else. For the seafood lover, there are succulent crab cakes, Australian lobster tails, a seafood platter, and more. Let them host your private party, bachelor party, birthdays, and holiday celebrations. Any of their facilities are available for private functions of 10 to 200 guests. To inquire about hosting an event, visit 440 Ninth Ave. (34th-35th Sts.), 212-244-0005; 44 W. 56th St., 212-245-1550; 39-40 Bell Blvd., Bayside, Queens, 718-229-1100

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