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Affordable, family-friendly restaurant in Midtown?

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There will be 13 of us in NY on Saturday meeting for dinner. We will be taking in the Christmas sights generally in the Rockefeller Center area -- may get down to Macy's but not sure.

There will be 6 adults and 7 kids, ranging in age from 5 to 15. My sister recommended Carmine's for family-friendly. She says the food isn't spectacular, but it's good and the portions are huge for sharing (seems like a Maggiano's?). Sounds like it'll work for our group, but I wanted to know if anyone had any other suggestions.

Please post soon -- we're going tomorrow! Thanks!

Chris

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  1. Please tell us your price point -- for main dish, appetizer plus dessert, and tax (8.35%) and tip (12-20% though with a group of that size often imposed by restaurant) -- and how many will be drinking alcoholic beverages. Also - what cuisines to peopel like? any absolute noes?

    Also - with a group of 13, I think reserving ahead is highly desirable and on a Sat night near the holidays many places may alread be full, so I think you should quickly identify places and use opentable.com.

    1. With 7 kids and total of 13 people, I would listen to your sister and head to Carmines. Not a gourmet experience, but decent food, nice portions served family style and it will be much easier for them to accodate a crowd than many other places. I would call in advance though and get a reservation.

      1. Try for a table upstairs at Angelo's Pizza on 57th bet. 6th & 7th ave. They get groups like yours. The pizza is wonderful [thin crust], they've got great salads and also pastas.
        it works really well for sharing.