A good place for a 15-person party?
This Saturday is my 21st birthday, and my parents are coming to town. I absolutely love good food and drink, and am looking forward to my parents' present: namely, that they will take me and my college roommates out for dinner and drinks. Unfortunately, that makes a party of 15 people, including myself and my parents, which is a bit difficult. They'd like to pay, but are concerned about the tab, especially with people drinking. Can you good folks recommend a place that has the following:
1. The ability to accommodate a group of 15 people on a Saturday night
2. Reasonably priced, especiallly when it comes to wine list and/or drinks (it would be especially great if anyone knows of a place that's BYOB, or has a reasonable corkage fee)
3. Great food! I like New American, Italian, and seafood best, but I'm willing to consider just about anything. We're adventurous eaters.
4. Accessible via the T; we're not going to be able to get 15 people around by car. I'm based in Cambridge (Harvard Square), if that helps with orientation.
Many, many thanks for your help!
I haven't eaten at any of these yet (I plan to), but from what I've heard about them, they might do the trick: Sagra in Davis Sq., West Side Lounge outside Harvard Sq., or Gaslight in the South End.
Over the year or so I have been to three fairly large dinners at local places: Fugakyu (great sushi restaurant near Coolidge Corner, moderately expensive but very good, and good value in my opinion); Brasserie Jo (good French-American bistro near the Prudential-reasonable, but not cheap, with good wine list) and Summer Shack (near Alewife - festive atmosphere - food quality varies as do prices).
I would also once again sing the praises of Namaskar in Davis Square, which I believe could accomodate 15 without much problem. Prices are reasonable for the excellent quality Indian food they offer.
And I would also suggest dim sum in Chinatown as a possibility, but would leave others to recommend the best place.
Green Street in Central Square seems like an ideal place. They can accomodate big parties, have a good and reasonably priced wine list (even better cocktail list), and their are several seafood dishes on both sides of the menu.
I'd go for Cambridge Common, we had a party there for close to 20 and everyone was happy and the tab was really reasonable (and that was with a healthy amount of drinks!)