Chowhound's big meal?
So, I'm going with brazilian food for the rehearsal - 25 people at Muqueca on Cambridge St - very chowhound. But now I need a place for 60 people roughly, Arlington/Cambridge/Somerville/Allston, possibly boston.
Don't want chinese. One family is from taiwan. In fact, no asian, if we can avoid it. Korean might make it under the wire. Prefer something very chowhound... inexpensive, not foodie, authentically delicious. The bride is a professional cook at a top fine dining place in boston - but doesn't have any ideas for this either.
Suggestions? Be creative. African, European, regional, middle eastern?
What about The Middle East. Depending on the day and time you choose they could probably arrange a room, they have plenty of space. Or what about that armenian place, Karoun Restaurant
839 Washington Street, Newton, MA 02460? They even have belly dancers! The food is as authentic as I have had for armenian.
I'm assuming this is an off nite when the restaurant would be willing to turn over the whole place to one party. Could Europa or Cafe St. Petersburg handle 60 for eastern European? Ole in Inman, Sol Azteca in Newton or Brookline for Mexican. I bet the Mexican place in Allston on Comm Ave. would do it, name is escaping me. The back room at the Beacon St. Tavern? Tasca?
How about catering from Blue Ribbon with a separate location for the actual event - should be plenty of churches, halls, etc to rent for an evening and the informality of BBQ and catering is sometimes nice for a large group - people feel more free to circulate and move than in a restaurant.