graduation dinner, Chinese: reasonable price, clean, and delicious
I am graduating from medical school and would like to take 15 or so friends and family members out to dinner. In my mind, everyone will like Chinese food. But the requirements are that it cannot be too fancy or expensive (under 40$/person would be great; under 30$ would be stellar). And with a big group there is always a mix of adventurous and not-so-adventurous (a restaurant that specializes in tripe etc. I will save for another day). I am happy to go to the Peninsula or stay in SF. And finally, I am not particular to a specific region or cooking style: value is the key!
Thanks chowhounders...I am sure there is no better place to look for such a restaurant as the bay area...
Great Eastern on Jackson in SF Chinatown has an excellent multi-course set menu, typically for a table of 10--you could reserve two tables and either invite five more lucky friends or your fifteen guests can pig out [appropriately, for the new year]. Great balance of dishes, each well-prepared, and you can supplement the fixed menu with other dishes (they also have sticky rice stuffed chicken--$60 a bird, I recall). I couldn't find a link or online menu for the restaurant, but here are comments from a chowdown held there some time ago:
Congratulations! I like Kirin on Geary a lot for reasonable prices, good cooking, and a bit more service and attention. You can negotiate a corkage fee to bring your own bubbly. Banquet menus are fully translate, call to have them faxed to you. Nice folks, easy to work with. You can search for more reports on the food --- be sure to order the raw fish salad and sticky rice stuffed chicken in advance.