6th and 54th - 25 high school kids
We are bringing 25 high school kids to the Model UN conference this week and need a place near the Hilton on 6th for a Friday night dinner. Chinese, Italian, almost anything will suffice but should be within 10 blocks or so. Suggestions are desperately needed!!!!
the area you're going to be staying in is very expensive for restaurants, but if you're willing to go to 8th or 9th avenue, you'll find some really good but less expensive mostly ethnic places. Sacco's (54th & 9th) is a great pizza place. NYC pizza is the best in the world. Another shouldn't miss dining experience is the neighborhood diner. Afghan Kebab House is really good (9th between 51st and 52nd), Blockheads is a good burrito place (50th between 8th and 9th). Check out menupages.com. You can pinpoint the area, more or less, and find more places
Like abw said, walk west to 9th Av.
In addition to the pages s/he mentioned (is Afghan Kebab House big enough for 25?), I wonder if Old San Juan could accommodate that many people; I think it might be able to, but I'm not sure. It's on 9th between 51st and 52nd. I went there for the first time yesterday night with my girlfriend and her Puertoriquena friend, who really likes the place. I found it to be good home-style cooking, a little salty but good. They have things that I think will please high school kids - beef stew (carne guisada), pork chops, fried fish, steak, chicken, etc. Might be tough on vegetarians, though: Their red beans are excellent, but I don't know if you'd want to have a meal of salad, beans and rice, and some kind of fried item (e.g., French fries, yuca, tostones). But in case you're interested, here's their menupages.com page, where you can see their phone number and access their menu:
There's a branch of Havana Central on 46 St. between 6th and 7th that I've been to a couple of times, most recently last summer, I believe, which I've found to be fine. Check the prices to see if it's within your budget:
More options for vegetarians there, and I feel pretty sure they could accommodate your group. The atmosphere is very different. If you go for dinner, expect many people to be drinking, a loud room, and possibly some live music (which will be good and probably Cuban).
If you want to take abw's suggestion and look up places on menupages, my advice is to pay no attention to "reviews" on that site, but instead, do a search of this board to see if anyone's expressed opinions about Restaurant X, Y, or Z, or just post questions about specific restaurants here.
I agree with Havana Central. A few years ago while I was in college, we did a big sorority scavenger hunt in the city and had aroud 35 girls in that same area. We did a set lunch at Havana Central and everyone loved it. Our budget was very constrained but we had a ton of food and plenty of space.
some other good cheap eats that are close to the hotel that would be good for kids, but maybe not for the Friday night party
- the Cart on 53rd & 6th...lamb/ chicken over rice, best in the city...look for the blue umbrella and yellow bags
- Burger Joint in the Parker Meridian Hotel - Great Burgers....56th btw 6th & 7th
- Jamican Dutchy Cart - Jerk Chicken - 51st btw 6th & 7th
- 5 Guys Burgers - 55th Btw 5th & 6th
- Tuscany - chicken Parm sandwiches/ pizza - 55th btw 5th & 6th
- Astro Diner - good diner, open late, great burgers...55th & 6th
I would take the group of 25 to Angelo's Pizza on 57th imo....