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Cheap downtown Asian for group?

piccola Jun 15, 2007 04:16 PM

And just to throw in another variable, veggie-friendly.

I know there are tons of posts for group dining, but I haven't found what I'm looking for yet. The detailed parameters:

Cheap = entrées around $10, small plates around $5
Downtown = let's keep this really broad and say below Penn Station
Asian = the whole continent, not just Chinese or Japanese
Group = 10 to 12 people for dinner, will make reservations
Veggie-friendly = more than one vegetarian option (or possibility to modify non-veg dishes)

Ideally, it would also have a fun ambiance, but let's start with the basics.

Some of the possibilities I came across in my search are Klong, Lovely Day, Cafetasia, Gobo, Surya. Feel free to weigh in on those in between suggestions.

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  1. financialdistrictresident RE: piccola Jun 15, 2007 04:36 PM

    I'd suggest Pongrsi Thai in Chinatown on Bayard (or their midtown location just above Penn - nicer amibence, less fun) . It's fun but no ambience/nice decor at Chinatown location. It meets most of you other requirements (fairly cheap, Asian but not whole continent, room for a group, not sure about reservations, veggie friendly). When I've had a similar size group with similar requirements that is where I've gone. I'm sure other Hounds may have more innovative suggestions.

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      batterypark RE: piccola Jun 16, 2007 05:50 AM

      New Yeah Shangai Deluxe on Bayard Street. It is among the nicest looking restaurants in Chinatown, they can put 10-12 people at a single round table, their vegetarian food is very good. For a group of that size at dinner a reservation is suggested. A search of these boards will give you an indication of their best dishes.

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        UES Mayor RE: piccola Jun 16, 2007 06:22 AM

        wo hop-mott st-a dive but greeeeeeeeeeeeeeat eats!

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          financialdistrictresident RE: UES Mayor Jun 16, 2007 05:23 PM

          wo-hop on Mott is know by everyone, everywhere. They have great hours and often long lines. I have eaten at wo-hop (who hasn't?) and would not describe their food as great.

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            piccola RE: financialdistrictresident Jun 16, 2007 05:28 PM

            Yeah, that's not exactly the vibe I'm going for (but thanks for the suggestion). Wo-Hop is a little too old-school for this group.

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              taraxstar RE: piccola Jun 16, 2007 06:03 PM

              wo hop downstairs 17 mott for lo mein. vegetarian dim sum house on pellstreet

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