Non-touristy group dinner for under $40pp?
Any suggestions on an American, Italian or otherwise non-threatening cuisine (non-threatening to those relatives who are afraid of most other foods) for a group of about 20? Looking to have dinner together near the Seaport, Dumbo, Cobble Hill, Park Slope, W/E Village, LES, Soho, whatever as long as it's below 42nd street and not too far into Brooklyn. Is under $40 per person doable anywhere decent? Can't think of anything in the Seaport area that's not a chain restaurant or otherwise super touristy and mediocre OR an out of our price range - expense account type place.