A 10-foot screen vibrant with Super Bowl action and the presence of Sen. Alfonse D'Amato (R.-N.Y.) drew more than 200 people to the Great Hall of the Folger Shakespeare Library last night.

"Everybody kept asking me," the senator told his guests, " 'What do we do about the Super Bowl?' I said, 'This is the Super Bowl party.' "

The reception was hosted by New York developer Peter Kaliko, whose wife Mary decided not to check her mink coat lest it be misplaced. Guests included Supreme Court Justice Byron White, Sen. James Abdnor (R.-S.D.), New York congressmen Norman Lent and Raymond McGrath, Westchester County, N.Y., Republican County Executive Andrew O'Rourke and a number of state and county GOP brass.

D'Amato gave a brief press conference in front of Sir Joshua Reynolds' portrait of actor David Garrick. He denounced judges in New York who let criminals off with light sentences, adding, "Young thugs have no fear of the system."

A string trio played Baroque music at one end of the hall, but most guests watched the Super Bowl televised at the other while merrily drinking, eating hot tortellini and skewering melon balls in deep plastic bowls.

"If you're looking for the Who's Who of the socialites," said one of the organizers, "you're in the wrong place. I just hope to God the food holds out."