Get ready for some gushing -- I recently hosted my engagement party at Gaetana's and it was AMAZING. We had about 90 people and we kept it casual - buffet style, open bar, etc. The service was incredible. Between the owner Frankie, a true sweetheart, and the warm and welcoming waiters and bartenders, everything ran smoothly and the staff only added to the pleasant, laidback atmosphere of the party. Friends actually told me that it was by far the best engagement party they had ever been to, that the place was perfect, and the food great. Frankie himself kept coming around and just handing me little plates of food, or putting something to eat down in front of where I was sitting. I thought it was because he knew I'd be busy running around playing hostess, but friends told me later that he catered to everyone in that way, which I found very sweet. I really felt like all the staff went out of their way to accomodate my friends and family. People also LOVED the food, and told me they can't wait to come back for dinner. (I've been back since, and this all applies to a small sit -down dinner too - great service, great food). Compared with other restaurants I looked at in Manhattan, Gaetana's was also very inexpensive, and I truly could not have been happier with the way the party turned out. In addition to the food and the staff, the atmosphere of the restaurant itself is charming, and has that old world feel to it. I could go on and on, but I'll finish with this - if you are planning a private event, think of Gaetana's. Our party took place over 2 months ago, and friends of mine still bring it up and tell me how wonderful it was. I love love love this place, and i think you will too!