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Chinese resturant for 50th BDay

ish Dec 1, 2006 12:14 AM

I am turning 50 and have @ 60+ coming from all over to Manhattan to celebrate.
I need atmosphere/great food/ private room/not in Flushing (too many out of towners) and
not $$$$
Can be funky but no hole in the wall.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    slippek Dec 2, 2006 07:32 PM

    Well, I don't know about private room rentals, though it's huge, so there may be such a thing, but PING'S has great seafood, boisterous atmosphere (lots of fish tanks and gold statuary) and good prices.

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    1. re: slippek
      ish Dec 5, 2006 02:41 PM

      Thank you for your response, will add it to my list.

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      Pan Dec 2, 2006 09:34 PM

      Harmony Palace may be worth considering. They certainly have the space. I haven't been there for a banquet in years, but the fact that Chinese folks continue to rent it out for large community functions and wedding banquets indicates to me that they haven't slipped.

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      1. re: Pan
        ish Dec 5, 2006 02:40 PM

        I will check it out on my tour of Chinatown places.

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        Jck90 Dec 2, 2006 09:41 PM

        Wu Liang Ee in midtown is REAL chinese food (but approachable for even teh squeamish) and for large groups Mr. K's on Lexington - also has great food.

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          ish Dec 5, 2006 02:39 PM

          Thanks for the response, will check it out

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            j1234 Dec 5, 2006 02:42 PM

            I've only been to Ping's in Manhattan, but it was great. Congee Village is also good for groups.

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            1. re: j1234
              Pan Dec 6, 2006 05:36 AM

              Yeah, but I seem to remember that the biggest private room at Congee Village seats 50. That's why I didn't mention them before.

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              centrejack Dec 6, 2006 03:47 PM

              I don't think the food is the greatest, but Jing Fong is large and affordable for a group of that size.

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              1. re: centrejack
                ish Dec 7, 2006 06:39 PM

                Thanks will add it to the list

              2. designerboy01 Dec 7, 2006 04:50 PM

                Chef Yu
                520 8th Ave (Cross Street: W 36th Street)
                New York, NY 10018
                (212) 736-6150

                You should talk with them and see if you can work a banquet menu.
                They are inexpensive for a midtown location.

                Harmony Palace went through renovation not too long ago. I haven't eaten the food there lately. I had banquets there a long time ago but didn't find the food to be good, but that was a long time ago and things could of changed.

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                1. re: designerboy01
                  ish Dec 7, 2006 06:40 PM

                  Will do. Thanks

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                  Heavy Ed Dec 7, 2006 09:34 PM

                  Peking Park on 40th and Park, right by Grand Central. Had my wedding banquet there. You can get the full lobster, shrimp, fish, peking duck, appetizer plattter, etc. for $550/table + 15% service, which is on par with the Jing Fong and Harmony Palace. There are also a couple of less banquets.

                  The space is very nicely decorated, and they have a lot of sliding panels and walls so they configure a room based on the numner of tables that you will have. It ends to be quiet at night also.

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                  1. re: Heavy Ed
                    ish Dec 8, 2006 02:14 PM

                    Thanks. I will certainly look into this.

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