Tonight (Mon) Eat, Drink with -ten- thirty somethings and one two-year old
I need a location tonight for a group of ten 30-35 years old. One couple is bringing a three-year old child. What I have in mind is something casual with entrees not exceeding the 15-17 range that can accommodate a large group and be kid friendly. We're flexible with cuisine and location though downtown is better and the west side might be preferable. We're eating early so I'm less concerned about availability. I'm going to make this request even harder by saying I wouldn't mind if it was a somewhat hip location.
Would love any help anyone can offer! We're also willing to consider a more flexible, bar-type atmosphere were we can all flow freely, eat, and not have to sit down for a 10 person meal.
I ran a few searches but didn't uncover anything yet. Thanks so much for any feedback.
Since a three-year-old is included, I think you need to resign yourself to a restaurant that is family-friendly. Not that it has to be stodgy, but in my view, "hip" and three-year-olds are not a good match.
I think Via Emilia, on 21st St., b/t Park Av. S. & B'way, takes reservations for large groups on Mondays. (Other times, no reservations.) The homemade pastas are excellent, the interior is bright and modern, and prices fit your stated budget. Cash only.
Hill Country, on 26th, b/t 5th & 6th, is another good option. Good Texas-style bbq. Cost will depend on how much you order since meats are priced by the pound. They don't take reservations, but you're going early, so you shouldn't have to wait for a table.