Korean BBQ /Shabu/ REALLY GOOD Chinese-- Midtown or close for a culturally mixed group with kids
Is that specific enough? LOL--
We are meeting in NYC Monday-- one Japanese family living in CA, one family from CT, one Japanese family living in SC. 6 adults and 4 good kids (ages 7-12) who will eat anything. As the CT family-- we are charged with picking a place-- where we can chat for a bit, eat some good food, nothing to $$$ or touisty. All of us love good Asian food, and I though interactive may be nice.
So where is good for a group? Koreatown but not rushed maybe?
TIA and would love to help any NY'ers on the CT shore this summer!
For Korean BBQ, I like WonJo (for the meats), and there's space upstairs for large groups. KumGangSang might also be another option, since its also well-suited for large groups.
For Chinese, I'd say Congee Bowery is good for large groups, but its not in midtown...
ktown - madangsui on 35th st - by far the best bbq in ktown and the nicest decor / atmosphere
shabu shabu - shaburi, pretty nice shabu shabu place
chinese - only options for "REALLY GOOD" chinese in midtown are both sichuan (so you better like spicy food) - Szechuan Gourmet (best sichuan in manhattan) and Wu Liang Ye (solid #2 or 3 depending who you ask
For shabu shabu or nabemono, I think a place like Naniwa in Midtown could work for your group. They have tatami rooms upstairs that you can reserve, and they offer all-you-can-eat nabemono for about $25 per person. Add about $15 more and you can tack on an all-you-can-drink to that (but only for things like Bud, Iichiko shochu, cheap sake like Ozeki, and probably some kind of wine). They offer three nabemono on that special: yosenabe (mostly a seafood hot pot in a rich broth), shabu-shabu (sliced beef in a light broth), and tonyu-nabe (I think this is includes the same ingredients as the yosenabe, but in a soy milk broth). Last time I went, they didn't have tonyu-nabe, so they might have discontinued it. The yosenabe is probably the best thing to order. But with a large group, you can have two or three nabes going at once. They also have a large regular menu so you can order things a la carte for the kids. Naniwa isn't the pinnacle of Japanese cuisine in NYC, but it's reliable and they have something for everyone in a fairly traditional setting. And it doesn't get too crowded, unless some Japanese company is holding a party there.
The only really good Chinese place that comes to mind that might fit your need is Szechwan Gourmet on 39th St. But it can get very spicy, so keep that in mind.
Those 2 Japanese families would probably love to get some authentic Japanese food if they're coming all the way to NY - but maybe they don't need to go out for nabe or shabu-shabu, as they probably have a nabe set at home... if they did, I haven't been to Naniwa in years, is it still ok? I know someone there got in some trouble trying to bribe an inspector... Shaburi is a good recc as would be Shabu Tatsu and Shabu 70. For Korean food, I would forego anything except Gah Mee Ohk or Kunjip (for chigae) on 32nd and go to Woo Chon on 35th. FWIW Woo Chon is favorie of Hideki Matsui, as is Bali Nusa Indonesian up 9th ave, so his name and number are plastered all over.
Problem you might have is a lot of Japanese places are traditionally closed Mondays. At the end of the day, I would do this dinner at Aburiya Kinnosuke, Totto or Soba Totto, they're simply cooking Japanese food on a higher and more authentic level than most anywhere else, they all have private rooms that can take that many people and it doesn't need to be expensive as that's all a matter of ordering. If yakitori, kids love food on skewers.