Mission Impossible?: Group dinner for grad students near Union Square
I’m organizing a group dinner for an alumni/grad student group as we converge upon SF for our annual conference in early April. I’m having a heck of a time finding a place for us to gather, but that is most likely because I’m asking for too much. Here’s what’s on my wish list, in rough order of preference:
1) no more than $40/person, including drinks
2) private room/area
3) no time limit
4) NOT a seated dinner – more of a mix & mingle reception with buffet dinner
5) walk or easy transport from Hilton SF (O’Farrell & Mason)
6) food that doesn’t make you want to shoot yourself
Can you give me some leads on places I should check out? I know that placing such a low bar on the food requirement is not exactly chow-ish, but I trust you folks.
Another tidbit of information: I’m willing to entertain ethnic food options, even though the bulk of the crowd is non-adventurous New Englanders… I’ll take the heat for daring to expose them to food from other cultures. :o)
thanks so much!
Since you're open to "ethnic" I'd give Sultan a call. I don't know if there's a private room/area in their new digs, but if there is, it should fill the bill perfectly. The food is delicious, including some regional offerings beyond the usual fare, and the people there are very nice and easy to work with.
340 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102
I 3rd or 4th Thirsty Bear, it can get loud but everything else works. You might try Town Hall but they might need a deposit, etc. I think they do a reasonable fixed price per/person.
This is a good resource,all private rooms, breaks down the restaurant and group size. You could then cross check against here. http://www.sfpdv.com/
Thanks so much for the quick and promising recommendations.
I called Thirsty Bear (looked perfect!), and their private rooms are already booked for both April 10 and 11th. The woman I spoke with there was very helpful (and I credited chowhound.com for the recommendation). She mentioned that they have an area near the bar, to the left of the host stand, that didn't open until 4:30pm. Apparently, we could send someone to hold tables for our group to meet there. Does anyone have a sense of what this space would be like? I'm willing to grab a friend and gab until my group can get there, but don't want to go to that effort if the space isn't worth it.
Also, I tried to find a website for Sultan (www.sultan360.com?) and tried to call, but struck out on both counts. Is there a website I don't know about, or is theirs out of commission? If so, I'll just keep trying...