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Dinner for 20 out-of-town teenagers in Brooklyn, near park or downtown

Hey folks,

I know this is a tough one. I am assisting a youth group from Atlanta, here to experience the city, and Bklyn, over MLK weekend. Trying to locate a spot for dinner that is reasonably priced and can accomodate these (well behaved!!!) teens. Doesn't have to be touristy, though that might be the best option.
I'm loathe to go to Juniors, but that's just because I'm queasy at the toursity spots.

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  1. they would probably love Juniors. Iwas shocked recently when my well reared daughter (I had never taken her to Juniors!) took her european boyfriend there recently.

    I would have recommended Grimaldi's in the past but its gotten so bad that its really nor recommendable any more.

    Chinatown is a good option with a group, but you would have to arrange ahead of time.

    1. How about Smith Street? Savoia has a long table in its 2nd room, and the prices are decent. Food is pretty good too! There's also La Villa on 5th Avenue. I often see groups of office workers and such there, although you'd definitely want to make sure they can accommodate 20.

      1. I think you are right about Juniors.
        But if we stay near the park, what about 200 Fifth? Not too expensive, easy to please?

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        1. re: Sarah McC

          Park Slope is not my bailiwick, but I believe 200 Fifth is a big multi-beer sportsbar. Large space and cheap menu for sure, but it's possible your large group might be closed out this weekend due to the NFL playoffs. I could be wrong, just a surmise.

        2. 20 teenagers on Smith St? That sounds like a recipe for trouble with all the bars around there. Or maybe that was just me as a teenager.. :P

          How about something like Bubby's in DUMBO. The food's ok and they'll enjoy walking around and taking in the views in DUMBO. You can go to the ice cream factory for dessert.

          1. Kids really love JUNIOR'S. Our Youth Group had their Christmas week dinner there. It was a huge success.

            JUNIOR'S really has good burgers and great desserts. Not too noisy, not too rushed, with a wide selection of choices.

            I never thought of JUNIOR'S as being touristy. All the Brooklyn folks I know have been going there forever.