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Cheap restaurants suitable for groups

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I'm helping to plan a trip to Manhattan in a few weeks, and I'm wondering if anyone knows of any restaurants that would be suitable for a group of, say, 30 or so, and isn't too expensive. The location isn't the most important thing--anywhere in midtown or around that area would be best, but any suggestions are welcome.

It's a trip of a bunch of college students, so cost is a big factor (maybe around $15-$20 per student?), along with space. Thanks!

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  1. I seriously doubt you will find anything in Midtown. Chinatown is your best bet on a budget w/a big group.

    1. Check out the blog http://midtownlunch.wordpress.com/ for inexpensive midtown spots (including super buffets

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      Also Juniors in Times Square is a large space. Check out their menu at juniorscheesecakes.com to see if the menu will fit into the price range.

      A really nice large dining spot is Cibo ( cibonyc.com ) on 42nd. They have a brunch special on weekends for $17.95 and lunch and dinner prefixed menu for under $30.

      The food court in Grand Central Terminal might also work for your group.

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      1. re: fayth

        While I like Cibo, frankly, I don't think it's a particularly good fit for a group of college students.

        Juniors and Virgil's are good options. I would also add Uncle Nick's and John's Pizzeria. Info on menupages.com.

      2. I recommend Virgil's bbq in times square (44th St between 6th and 7th). The pigout platter (ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and sausage with two sides) at about $23 is easily big enough to serve two (unless your group is all boys). The upstairs room can accommodate thirty, easily. Opinions vary on this board, but I find it mighty tasty. The ice teas have free refills (but not the sodas, I think). And how great is it to be right at times square.