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Sep 9, 2009 06:56 PM

Group Dinner near Times Square (Chinese?)

I am going to be visiting Manhattan in November from the West Coast, and I am bringing about 15-20 of my officemates with me. We are all staying at the Marriot Marquis near Times Square, and I'd like to take them out to a dinner, preferably Chinese.

Requirements are that the food is good, the place is clean, that it won't break the bank (over $25 per person will start to reach my limit), that they can accomodate this large a group, that they take reservations, that it is a safe and relatively easy walk from Times Square (no more than 20 minutes), and that they either serve alcohol or allow us to bring our own wine.

Preference is for Chinese, but I am willing to hear any and all suggestions. Those of you in Manhattan who are in the know...please chime in!


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  1. Not sure that you could fit 15-20, but I'd reach out to Szechuan Gourmet (39th between 5th and 6th) and see what they could do for you.

    1. Wu Liang Ye is on 48th St., b/t 5th & 6th Avs. Not sure if they can accommodate large groups, but it's worth checking as the Szechuan fare is very good.

        1. re: smokeandapancake

          Not in Times Sq - 43 W 65th St - and will probably push the $25 pp. limit. Maybe not, with sharing.

          1. re: chow_gal

            "safe and relatively easy walk from Times Square"

            1. re: smokeandapancake

              In my opinion, it's too expensive and not good. Also, while we New Yorkers often consider a mile's walk to be easy, many non-New Yorkers don't.

        2. Chef Yu on Eighth Avenue and 36th Street has great food, is very inexpensive and has a happy hour -- went with a group of four, plenty of food and cocktails and only spent $30 per person.

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          1. re: rossinyc

            Chef Yu will fit the price range but it is really not authentic Chinese food at all. I'd go with Wu Liang Ye or Szechuan Gourmet.

            1. re: windycity

              if you go with Szechuan Gourmet.. perhaps let your guests know ahead of time about Frank Bruni's review... so when they see that oversized print out of the review in their lobby.. may add a nice dose of NY kitzch to the experience :) [though perhaps at risk of hyping it up]