Cheap restaurants suitable for groups
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!
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.
Check out the blog http://midtownlunch.wordpress.com/ for inexpensive midtown spots (including super buffets)
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.