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Old Guard or Upstart?

Old: Eleven Madison Park (top); New: ABC Kitchen (bottom)  

"It" Eateries

Old: Eleven Madison Park
It may be thirteen years old (practically a senior citizen in restaurant years), but Danny Meyer’s elegant Flatiron eatery continues to impress. And treating your guests to a once-in-a-lifetime meal there isn’t as exorbitant as you might think. The restaurant has two mezzanine-level private rooms that can accommodate up to 50 for dinner and 100 for a cocktail reception. Prices start at $150 a head for dinner. 11 Madison Ave., at 24th St.; 212-889-0905;

New: ABC Kitchen
There’s no private room at Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s year-old foray into the local-organic movement, an airy space stocked with the sort of whimsical flatware and lighting that shoppers regularly lust over at ABC Carpet & Home. But the perpetually packed restaurant can be yours from $17,000 for daytime receptions (which averages $140 a head with 120 seated guests); evening buyouts start at $50,000. Menus are custom, there is no need to touch the décor, and the space can accommodate a small band or D.J. as well as a modest dance floor. 35 E. 18th St., nr. Broadway; 212-475-5829;


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