NEED a restaurant that would be good for ENTIRE mom's side of family (23 people!)
My mom has been stressing trying to find a place in NYC (preferably mid or downtown) that would be a pleasant and understanding (also TASTY) place for 23 relatives from ages 7-80!!!
Is there such a place?!
We were thinking about Dimsum, but then weren't sure. But any kind of tasty food would do. [preferably not a cliche chain restaurant, not to be picky]
How about a Cantonese dinner banquet, instead? Call Cantoon Garden as soon as possible and see what they can do for you.
What is your budget for food/beverage? Have you considered a private room?
I recently held a breakfast for 30 at Fresco (Italian resto at 52nd and Madison) and the staff was quite accomodating to budget and space needs.
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We did a nice Mexican party at El Rio Grande for roughly the same number of people. It was a lot of food and pleasant atmosphere. They charged us $35pp including soft drinks and virgin margaritas for a Saturday night. We had a ton of nachos, guacamole (made tableside), assorted appetizer plates, salad, choice of 5 or 6 entrees and then family style ice cream sundaes made tableside. Very nice touch.