Where can I go around midtown (west side preferably) for dinner with my family after graduation? There'll be about 11 of us and I want to go somewhere around $20 a plate (not fancy). there are a bunch of picky eaters in the group which adds to my difficulty chosing a place.
Congrats on your graduation!
You don't mention any cuisine preference(s), so I'll suggest these two restaurants which can easily accommodate a group your size:
West Bank Cafe, on 42nd St., b/t 9th & 10th Avs. serves delicious New American cuisine and has friendly, capable service. Very nice decor and a conversation-friendly noise level. Main courses are in the $20 range, i.e., some under, some slightly over.
Trattoria Trecolori, on 47th St., b/t B'way & 8th Av., is our favorite Italian in that area. Excellent homestyle fare is served by an efficient staff in a large space with attractive decor. No loud music. Prices are a good fit for your budget.