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Casual group dinner for 50 in Queens [Moved from Tristate Region]

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Can anyone suggest restaurants in Queens - not far from LaGuardia, which can handle a group of about 50 people. I arrange a meal a few times a year for a corporate group. Some of the particulars:
Good food (of course!) - does not have to be fancy
Price for food including tax/tip in the range of $35-ish
Can offer a limited menu, or buffet
Has a bar (at additional cost)
Has either a private room or area in which we can all be seated (we do not have speeches)
Mid-week - might be a Tuesday or Wednesday
Welcomes group business, especially on an off-night (as opposed to simply tolerating it or using it as an opportunity to upsell every course.)

I have found that family owned and operated places seem to be best. In the past we have done some pub meals, a small, continental restaurant that closed to others for the night, a family-style Italian place, a Thai place that created a buffet.

I am sure that there are many hidden gems out there and could use some help in locating them.

I'd be grateful for any suggestions - many thanks as I continue to provide my group the culinary tour of Queens!

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  1. I had a dinner for about 30 people at Pio Pio -- and it was great fun. I'd definitely do it again.

    OK -- I tried to do the stupid link to location thing and it added in the freakin' cleaners and won't let me remove it. The right location is 84-15 Northern Blvd.
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    1. I would recommend Cavalier Restaurant, 85-19 37th Ave in Jackson Heights about one mile from the airport. This restaurant has a private room that would easily accomodate a party of 50, is in your price range and has a full American bar at reasonable prices. This restaurant has been in business for many years and welcomes business groups and private parties. This restaurant has a price fixed dinner which I believe is about $22 which includes dessert but no drinks. The food is Continental/American with lots of beef, chicken, veal and seafood entrees.

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      1. re: Mike V

        When I first moved to JH I was invited to a St. Patricks Day prix-fixe dinner at Cavalier. The only thing I remember on the menu was a chicken pot pie (or something along those lines). The room seated at least 50, if not more like 75 or 80, yet it's a fairly small room so would probably work great for 50 (cozy feeling).
        I think it's a good suggestion. However, I definitely didn't think the food was anything special - kind of like going back in time (standard American food).

      2. I've attended group dinners at Uncle Peter's, between 83rd and 84th Streets and Northern Blvd, many times. It's cozy and attentive. And I can't hate any place that have hearty olive oil and crusty bread on the table for dipping.

        1. Thank you for the ideas!

          I love Pio Pio - both food and atmosphere - and have enjoyed some great small group meals there. However with a large group I need to offer a wider selection of food, something for vegetarians, etc.

          I also agree with Uncle Peters, and used them for one of these meals. Food was yummy, service great and I had a very happy group after a relaxed evening Also, they were great to work with, which I really appreciate.

          I do not know the Cavalier, so will look at that one.
          Many thanks