Healthy restaurants that are good for large groups
I am looking for restaurants that are healthy and good for large groups of about 25-35. Any suggestions ...
I organize a Meet-up group, Culture for Non-Cultured (http://culturecircle.meetup.com/3/), and am tired of going to the usual pub fair after our cultural outings ...
You need to give more specifics.
1. Exactly what do you mean by "healthy"?
2. Do you want a private room?
3. What is your per person budget? And tell us if that figure includes drinks (wine, liquor), tax & tip.
Josie's is a pleasant diner, but I can't imagine it handling a group of 35 - unless there's some private room and catering I don't know about.
As for specifics: I'm getting a little tired of pub food (Harvest Brewery, Half King) and the like. Those have their place, but I'd like something a little healthier. It doesn't necessarily have to be organic or exotic -- just tasty and something that doesn't make my digestive system scream.
We do go to somewhat exotic foods sometimes -- we've had Korean food, probably go for Ethiopian at some point, etc. -- but I like to make that an event in and of itself. When we go to a museum or gallery hopping or see performance art, etc., I like to let that be the event and the food be somewhat un-exotic and comforting and somewhat inexpensive, but a place where we can sit and talk (a tall order, I know) ...
As for location, we do events all over Manhattan (and sometimes outer boroughs) so any and all locations are great and much appreciated.
Culture for the Non-Cultured
If that budget includes food, drinks, tax & tip, it really is extremely limiting, especially if you are eating in the evening as opposed to lunch. And, of course, there is the issue of the size of your crowd. That said, here are a couple of possibilities.
Uncle Nick's, on 9th Av., b/t 50th & 51st Sts., is large enough to accommodate a group your size. There are many items on their lunch menu that fit your budget, but things get much more limited on the dinner menu.
We recently had lunch at Choice Kitchen & Cocktails, which opened a few months ago on 3rd Av., b/t 27th & 28th Sts. We had very tasty salads, which were huge and cost around $12. If I recall correctly, there are also sandwiches and wraps on the lunch menu. (Their website does not include the lunch menu.) The dinner menu has a variety of salads and apps., but mains would be out of your price-range. It's an attractive, very spacious restaurant which can easily accommodate a large group. I was particularly impressed with the welcoming attitude of the staff.
Congee Village can handle large groups.
Republic's good, too, if you don't mind the noise.
Gavroche and Negril Village all have healthy options.