Looking for a place that fits this list of criteria...
My dad's 77th birthday is coming up in August (a milestone year in Japan) so I am looking for a place that fits this criteria:
Place for about 40 people, including a few kids
Sunday early afternoon meal
Preferably a place where we can set the menu ahead of time
Easily accessible from Seal Beach, Pasadena, Westminster and La Mirada!
Price not really a factor
Oh, and good food!
I know you all will come up with some great ideas for me to check out!
Yang Chow - Chinatown, just off the 110 (there's also one in Pasadena apparently, but I've never been to that one). You'd probably take up one section of their restaurant with 40 people, but they'd still have room for regular patrons, so you wouldn't need to rent out the whole place or anything. It's a nice place, nice people, seem very accommodating. Excellent food - the "slippery shrimp" is one of their specialties, but everything I have had there is great.
They open at 11:30am
As the Ubergeek suggested, Mission 261 would be a solid choice in San Gabriel (just south of Pasadena).
Also, might want to consider Triumphal Palace in the northern part of Alhambra, which is also easily accessible from Pasadena.
Both places, as most banquet style Chinese restaurants do, offer prix-fix menus based on the number of tables, where it's 10 person/table. Prices will range anywhere from $200 to $1500, depending on the menu items. Obviously the more exotic seafood offered (shark fin, abalone, etc.) the more expensive.
And at both Mission 261 and Triumphal Palace you can get your own room, which will help with the young-ins.
One wrinkle. How early do you intend to dine on Sunday? Most places don't open up until 5 p.m. for dinner.
What about Sea Harbour, NBC or 888, all of which are off the 10 in Alhambra and Monterey Park? From Seal Beach and Westminster, they would be a straight shot down the 10. From Pasadena and La Mirada, they are a short trip down the 110 to the 10 or via surface streets.
Ocean Star or Empress Harbour in Monterey Park
Lu Din Gee for peking duck, located in San Gabriel
If you really want to accomodate the OC people, Ten Ten Seafood in Cerritos in the 99 Ranch plaza.