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Help! Group Birthday Dinner in/near Forest Hills

sck18 Sep 20, 2008 04:56 PM

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Can anyone suggest a place to host a dinner for a group of about 15-20 people? Most any cuisine is ok (American, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Malaysian, Indian, French, Mexican, etc.). Proximity to public transportation is even better. Most places I'm thinking of aren't large enough to host a large group.


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    lovesfruits RE: sck18 Sep 20, 2008 08:00 PM

    I would suggest Cabana, 5 Burro Cafe, Mardi Gras. Cabana & Mardi Gras about a 3 min walk. 5 Burro Cafe about a 5 min walk from 71st Continental Ave stop. I have been to brithday parties at all three with about 15-20 people.

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    1. re: lovesfruits
      pellegrino31 RE: lovesfruits Sep 22, 2008 01:23 PM

      I would think 5 Burro would be tough to do for a party of 15-20 people though I suppose you could try to reserve the back area. Even so, I think the food there is going downhill and I used to be a lone defender of the place.

      For Chinese there is East Ocean Palace on Queens Blvd near the 75th Ave stop. They could definitely accommodate a large group and the food there is very good.

    2. tinkun RE: sck18 Sep 21, 2008 12:31 PM

      Because the party is large I recommend a place with "safer" food. The Family Restaurant on Queens Blvd. serves very nice italian food and is good with big parties.

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        janie RE: tinkun Sep 21, 2008 06:24 PM

        The last place I would consider "safe" would be THE FAMILY restaurant. My experience and that of many others have found the place to be just awful. And as as far as festive, maybe if you were forced to go there when there's a death in the family but for a birthday, no way. You can do much better than that place. Stick with the previous tips and it should be fine. Or go to one of the Bukarian places, that would be fun, too.

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          bigjeff RE: janie Sep 24, 2008 04:10 AM

          ooh, a throwdown at cheburechnaya would be really delicious with a huge gang of people!

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            ConOrama RE: bigjeff Sep 24, 2008 06:22 AM

            I agree. This is a fantastic idea.
            Especially if they are still BYOB.

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