Restaurant for a large birthday dinner?

forkBrianna emails:

I am looking for a restaurant to throw a 60th birthday party for my mother this August. I would like a nicer place that can either do a sit down dinner or cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. It would need to be a private space that could accommodate between 20-40 people on preferably a Saturday night. I would appreciate any suggestions or leads you might have on a place.
We are looking for Albany/Latham area and are open to any cuisine.

Got a suggestion for Brianna? Please share.


Illium Cafe--the back part of the restaurant is fairly private

dp or Yono's could also probably accommodate

I think 677 Prime does an excellent job with private parties in their two rooms above the main dining room, and they can easily do a combination of passed and seated options. It's certainly at the top of the pricing list, but they would make it special.

DeJohn's has a lovely private 3rd floor area with its own bar, bathrooms, and a nice wrap-around balcony that overlooks their back patio. I had my little wedding reception there and it was wonderful!

My wife and I had our rehearsal dinner in the back room at The Ginger Man, and everybody liked it so much that her sister went back for her rehearsal dinner when she got married. They do a really nice job, although they wouldn't be able to accommodate the higher end of the 20-40 person range.

A local country club is another option if you want a private event.

Mingle is perfect for that. Do it on Sunday and you can probably get the restaurant to yourself. I had a small (35ish guest) reception there.

Midtown Tap and Tea Room has a nice back room that can be booked for private parties / events.

I had a birthday party at Ginger Man also. What a great restaurant. I had only 16 people, but I suppose if they blocked off the whole back room for you, 30 would be doable.

Although it was a long time ago, the Barnsider did an excellent job at my grandparents anniversary dinner. They have a nice private space for parties which I believe can accommodate that many guests. Also the Century house has some smaller private rooms besides the main ballroom and restaurant space.

Paulo Lombardi's in Wynantskill can handle both the crowd and the food is great. One of the best Italian restaurants in the area.
Also, Brown's Brew Pub in Troy, has a huge upstairs and also has a small banquet facility next door that used to be Revolution Hall

I thought The Point did a great job with the AOA party a couple years ago...

...hey, speaking of the AOA party...


Cornells in Schenectady has a private back room, capacity is somewhere around that number, I just dont know exactly.

It's not Albany or Latham but it is a beautiful place for any kind of party!! The Country Club of Troy offers wonderful cuisine and scenery. Rick Weber one of the top chefs in the area offers an array of delicious food. If interested call (518) 274-1000.

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