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bigbluehoya : 3/12/2018 1:26 pm
Planning a bachelor party for my future brother-in-law. Iím not the Best Man, but the Best Man has been through some difficult personal shit lately and isnít in a position to focus on giving the groom a proper send-off.

Anyhow...

Weíll definitely be doing a steakhouse one night. Which one do you guys think is best for a bachelor party of 9-12 guys? My initial thoughts were:

Strip House
Del Friscos
Sparks

But open to ideas, especially if any of you have done bachelor parties at any that were great.

Also looking for suggestions for:
- brunch restaurants
- restaurant for the other night of dinner (non-steakhouse)
- daytime entertainment ó thinking of one afternoon at Chelsea Piers for golf, bowling, laser tag. Any other cool ideas?

All input and ideas appreciated! Iím a local and I work in NYC, but this is actually the first NYC Bachelor Party for me. Iím wide open to suggestions.

Here is my suggestion  
yupbjac27 : 3/12/2018 1:31 pm : link
Steak - Ole Homestead

Brunch - Lavo

Bars- pick anyone thats nearby, try and get to McSorley's just to say you went.
Del Friscos will be lively and with plenty of eye candy  
JonC : 3/12/2018 1:34 pm : link
Strip House is terrific but a more sedate venue, food should be excellent at both spots. Not been to Sparks in at least 5-6 years but it has a strong rep.
Restaurant  
ryanmkeane : 3/12/2018 1:35 pm : link
for the non steak house i would suggest Momofuku bar in the east village. GREAT for big groups, and really not costly at all. Great vibe.
RE: Restaurant  
bigbluehoya : 3/12/2018 1:52 pm : link
In comment 13859979 ryanmkeane said:
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for the non steak house i would suggest Momofuku bar in the east village. GREAT for big groups, and really not costly at all. Great vibe.


Thanks for the input, Ryan. Are you referring to Momofuku Ssam? Or Noodle Bar? Iím assuming not Ko, as that one looks absurdly expensive and like a place weíd be kicked out of within minutes...
RE: Del Friscos will be lively and with plenty of eye candy  
Metnut : 3/12/2018 2:01 pm : link
In comment 13859978 JonC said:
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Strip House is terrific but a more sedate venue, food should be excellent at both spots. Not been to Sparks in at least 5-6 years but it has a strong rep.


Right on with this. Strip House is delicious and great for a date, but Del Friscos has top notch steak and a much more fun atmosphere.
i dont know when it is  
Essex : 3/12/2018 2:01 pm : link
but if it is in April or later you should definitely plan around a Yankees or Mets game, the beers are expensive, but I always think it is the perfect afternoon activity before the festivities later that night.
I ate at Sparks  
pjcas18 : 3/12/2018 2:02 pm : link
during a bachelor party weekend many years ago. First one of my friends who got married. Really set the bar high (or low depending how you look at it).

My buddy getting married was so wasted by the time we got there we saw Nicolas Cage eating at a table maybe two tables away and he kept yelling (he thought he was talking, but he was yelling) at him "Nicky Coppola, you're the best" "hey Cameron Poe where's Cyrus the Virus"

finally they came over and asked him to leave. We all couldn't leave we ordered drinks and meals but we put him in a cab and sent him back to the hotel and said we'd meet him there.

finished dinner, went by the hotel and he was nowhere to be found.

Didn't hear from him until a few days later and the adventure was Hangover-esque (some of it verified, some taken at his word from what little memory he had).

Anyway, point is Sparks is awesome, but don't get totally wasted before going.

We were younger than too, so I wouldn't expect something like that to happen at this age. Not sure your age/maturity level
We went to Quality Meats  
mmf551 : 3/12/2018 2:05 pm : link
for my BP last summer in NYC. Food was fantastic and the place has more of a trendy look as opposed to a traditional steak place. They had the option of putting together a custom menu as well.
Quality Meats is excellent  
JonC : 3/12/2018 2:10 pm : link
Quality EATS is a new sister venture, but not sure about a party group.

Bowery Meat Co is definitely worth a look.
More info  
TyreeHelmet : 3/12/2018 2:12 pm : link
Those 3 steakhouses are all good. I agree that strip house is a little sedate and smaller if I remember correctly. Wolfgangís in Tribeca is really good with a good vibe for a bachelor party.

Where you guys staying? What are you looking to do? When is it?
Awesome stuff guys  
bigbluehoya : 3/12/2018 2:13 pm : link
I meant to add in my OP....

Also need hotel suggestions. Donít need anything too nice. Want to shower and sleep comfortably, but I donít have any intention of remembering what the place looks like...
Peter Lugers?  
BigBlue89 : 3/12/2018 2:51 pm : link
Take the Subway to Brooklyn and enjoy the best steak of your life.

Then come back to Rick's Cabaret in midtown for some entertainment afterwards.
I've always found that steak dinners  
Chris684 : 3/12/2018 3:36 pm : link
are a difficult way to start off a night out.

Not that they arent awesome but eating the amount of food usually ordered at a steak dinner either a) gives me the shits horribly for the rest of the night or b) makes me want to sleep more than party.

Big steak dinners are best followed up by a night in the casino gambling than they are in crowded bars or anything involving women.
RE: Awesome stuff guys  
pjcas18 : 3/12/2018 3:45 pm : link
In comment 13860060 bigbluehoya said:
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I meant to add in my OP....

Also need hotel suggestions. Donít need anything too nice. Want to shower and sleep comfortably, but I donít have any intention of remembering what the place looks like...


How many people? hotel might be hardest part of the night. NYC hotels aren't exactly known for being spacious.

I have trouble finding a room in NYC that fits 5 just with my family and that includes 3 children.

maybe try one of the NYC Residence Inn's or look for a suite somewhere.

Try to get Bagatelle or Lavo for brunch  
Anando : 3/12/2018 3:50 pm : link
Will essentially be nightclub pricing, but tons of fun.

No need really to make evening plans that day, because you will be so out of it from the afternoon....
RE: RE: Awesome stuff guys  
bigbluehoya : 3/12/2018 3:52 pm : link
In comment 13860265 pjcas18 said:
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In comment 13860060 bigbluehoya said:


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I meant to add in my OP....

Also need hotel suggestions. Donít need anything too nice. Want to shower and sleep comfortably, but I donít have any intention of remembering what the place looks like...



How many people? hotel might be hardest part of the night. NYC hotels aren't exactly known for being spacious.

I have trouble finding a room in NYC that fits 5 just with my family and that includes 3 children.

maybe try one of the NYC Residence Inn's or look for a suite somewhere.


Sounds like there are going to be either 9 or 10 of us. Iím resigned to the fact that itís going to be at least 3 rooms. Iím 35 years old and I have 2 kids ó Iíll definitely pay up a little to make sure I have a bed.
Highly  
Jon in NYC : 3/12/2018 3:53 pm : link
recommend the Scores right off the BQE
Robert's steakhouse  
PaulBlakeTSU : 3/12/2018 6:33 pm : link
it's a great steakhouse on the top floor of the Penthouse Club. I went for a bachelor party there and there were high-quality strippers entertaining and hanging out with us while we ate. Also comes with free admission to the club.
http://www.pecnyc.com/robert.html - ( New Window )
If you can get into 4 Charles Prime Rib, try to do it. I haven't had  
Jim in Hoboken : 3/12/2018 8:01 pm : link
any luck.

Nust-Et may be the "it" restaurant of the moment, but I don't know how good it is.

9-12 people is perfect for one of those large format, nose to tail dinners at certain restaurants. I'd look into it, restaurants that pop up on a quick search include Ssam Bar, Decoy, Breslin, Resto, and Toro....

Barbuto and L'Artusi both have a private dinning area but still within the restaurant so that it's more lively. Ai Fiori has a good brunch deal.
RE: If you can get into 4 Charles Prime Rib, try to do it. I haven't had  
PaulBlakeTSU : 3/12/2018 9:07 pm : link
In comment 13860682 Jim in Hoboken said:
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any luck.

Nust-Et may be the "it" restaurant of the moment, but I don't know how good it is.

9-12 people is perfect for one of those large format, nose to tail dinners at certain restaurants. I'd look into it, restaurants that pop up on a quick search include Ssam Bar, Decoy, Breslin, Resto, and Toro....

Barbuto and L'Artusi both have a private dinning area but still within the restaurant so that it's more lively. Ai Fiori has a good brunch deal.


Here's how you get into 4 Charles Prime.

Use the Resy App. At exactly midnight 30 days out, reservations become live for that night. They don't seat more than 6 people and they have only two seatings for 6 people: at 6pm and at 9:30. Instead, go with 4 people.

I've gone a few times and my suggestion is to go for an early dinner (5:15, 5:30, 6). The reason I say this is because not only is it easier to get a reservation then, but because they have a limited number of porterhouses and French Dips-- and the French Dip is my favorite thing on the menu.
Ha, thanks for the tip. Sounds like a lot of work. Only  
Jim in Hoboken : 3/13/2018 10:12 am : link
restaurant I counted the days to get a table was Brooklyn Fare, and my wife had to do it. Usually just browse Rezy, Tock, and Opentable and grab whatever is available.

Went to Bavette at Chicago, I heard they will open a branch in NY, that should inject some life into the NY steakhouse scene.
RE: If you can get into 4 Charles Prime Rib, try to do it. I haven't had  
bigbluehoya : 3/13/2018 10:21 am : link
In comment 13860682 Jim in Hoboken said:
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any luck.

Nust-Et may be the "it" restaurant of the moment, but I don't know how good it is.

9-12 people is perfect for one of those large format, nose to tail dinners at certain restaurants. I'd look into it, restaurants that pop up on a quick search include Ssam Bar, Decoy, Breslin, Resto, and Toro....

Barbuto and L'Artusi both have a private dinning area but still within the restaurant so that it's more lively. Ai Fiori has a good brunch deal.


Jim - thanks for this.
I'd keep it  
pjcas18 : 3/13/2018 10:32 am : link
simple, the non-steakhouse night I'd try Carmine's.

It's sort of touristy and a little cheesy perhaps, but the food is excellent and it's perfect for a large group.

You've probably been and know what to expect.
RE: I'd keep it  
bigbluehoya : 3/13/2018 10:42 am : link
In comment 13861480 pjcas18 said:
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simple, the non-steakhouse night I'd try Carmine's.

It's sort of touristy and a little cheesy perhaps, but the food is excellent and it's perfect for a large group.

You've probably been and know what to expect.


Yes, I have done Carmineís. But there are a number of first-time-NYC dudes, so maybe not a bad idea.
Well if you have first time NYC  
pjcas18 : 3/13/2018 11:01 am : link
dudes I'd go Sparks or Peter Lugers, something about being in the spot where Paul Castellano was whacked seems like old school NYC to some people (not me, I like the food), and Peter Lugers is an institution.

I'd go to Carmines for the other night.

I'd go to Juniors for brunch (not great for a large group, but again, a NY institution - incredible food, just feels like NY).

when they leave they'll have good memories of NY food at least.

Hit the gentleman's clubs mentioned at night and day drink at McCorley's or other spots in the Village.

First time I went to McSorleys I wasn't even old enough to drink and we were seated at a table and I saw a jar on the table with a brown substance in it. So I said to my friends but loud enough for a waiter to hear "why do they have peanut butter on the table?" and the waiter answered in his snarky Irish brogue "It's mustard ye prick"

Classic McCorleys. No idea if they still have the same surliness.

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