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Inexpensive option for large group in Eeast Village on short-notice?

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Would anyone be able to sugggest a worthwhile option in the East Village for a large group (12-16 people) that would be festive and inexpensive?

Ideally, this would be a bar that serves food or someplace where loud behavior is a bit more appropriate.

Thanks in advance!!

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  1. Samba-le is a cash-only tapas place that takes reservations for big groups. We had a birthday dinner a few months ago with a group of 10, and the service was good, prices reasonable.

    1. I went to a birthday party at Mancora on 1st ave / 6th st about a year ago. The sangria and food were very good and the service was decent. It was a lot of fun and can handle a loud group. Just don't be afraid to speak up if you need something. I think the food is Peruvian, and it's a cozy room. I'm not sure if there's an actual bar in the room, though...

      1. Check out Cafetasia on East 8th Street--good, inexpensive food and festive atmosphere.

        1. Mo Pitkins on 1st avenue A

            1. Thanks for the replies everybody! We wound up going to Zum Schneider late in the evening (10PM or so) and had a great time. Many sausages, weinerschnitzel, and amazing German beers were consumed in a controlled frenzy. Highly recommended although certainly not news, since most of us (me included) have been there before.

              I look forward to checking out all of your suggestions in the months to come. Cheers!

              1. that's good to know! i enjoy the heidelberg (ues) and would love to try this zum schneider.

                for future reference, you may be able to score the big table at frank (second ave and fifth st) for a big group. they have a delicious sauteed calamari that hasn't been on the menu the last few times i've gone but the kitchen will make if they're not too busy. and they rock led zeppelin, too, as an added bonus.