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NEED a restaurant that would be good for ENTIRE mom's side of family (23 people!)

needgoodfoodtolive Oct 19, 2009 09:55 AM

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]

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    fm1963 Oct 26, 2009 11:38 AM

    My choices for large gatherings are Bar Americain and Craftbar. Both have great food and a broad range of selections to satisfy picky and adventurous eaters. Both are also casual enough to accomodate kids.

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      bruceb04 Oct 26, 2009 10:39 AM

      Our family has had gathering at Capsouto Freres after going to Carmines for years when their prices & noise level went out of control. Good food, friendly staff , pleasant space. Soufles are their specialty. We too have a wide range of ages & all enjoyed.

      Capsouto Freres
      451 Washington St, New York, NY 10013

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        Blumie Oct 24, 2009 08:09 PM

        Le Zie, on 7th Avenue in Chelsea, has very good and reasonably priced Venetian food. They have a Chef's Table that seats 20 and a back room that seats 24.

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          SD318 Oct 24, 2009 05:16 PM

          Perhaps Palma, down on Cornelia Street in the Village. Italian's usually a crowd pleaser and they also have a private area or "farmhouse" for private parties. Another fun place good for parties is Crispo for Italian on 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues. Here's the website: www.palmanyc.com

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            Pan Oct 24, 2009 06:40 PM

            I'd note that Crispo can be very loud.

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              SD318 Oct 25, 2009 06:25 PM

              Yes, but they have a lovely private area (inside garden) that may be accommodating for the group - not just the main room.

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                Pan Oct 25, 2009 08:56 PM

                The garden can be as loud or louder than the inside, depending on who else is there.

          2. Jacquelyn Oct 23, 2009 12:35 AM

            I've heard Red Egg was goo too. Also try Congee Village (2 locations Bowery & Allen/Delancey) I always bring large groups there.

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              Pan Oct 23, 2009 01:25 AM

              I ate at Congee Village today and liked it - as I usually do - but overall, I think that Cantoon Garden is clearly better. I wasn't very impressed with Red Egg when I went, but I did feel it was better than the big dim sum eating halls in Chinatown. I think that larger parties can be seated upstairs at Dim Sum Go Go (which I recommend) than at the ground level, but I realize that might be a problem for the 80 year old.

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              luckiestduck Oct 21, 2009 07:39 AM

              What about Bubby's in Tribeca? I haven't been a while... I think the food may not be amazing, but it's crowd pleasing food for such a large and diverse group and has kind of a family feeling about it.

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                mahler5 Oct 23, 2009 04:08 PM

                Good Enough to Eat on the UWS is comfort food at its best. Bubby's in Tribeca isn't nearly as good, but it might fit your bill. Red Egg is terrific is your family is even somewhat adventurous: mine isn't.

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                  kelea Oct 23, 2009 05:53 PM

                  You aren't going to be able to get 23 people at Good enough to eat

              2. smokeandapancake Oct 21, 2009 06:37 AM

                red egg for dimsum (back of restaurant can accomodate you perfectly).

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                  eatermom Oct 20, 2009 09:07 AM

                  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.

                  1. iluvcookies Oct 20, 2009 06:01 AM

                    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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                      Pan Oct 19, 2009 10:52 PM

                      How about a Cantonese dinner banquet, instead? Call Cantoon Garden as soon as possible and see what they can do for you.

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