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Looking for a big Chinese Restaurant for a special event, ideally one that can seat 300+ in one room. Some do banquets and weddings and they have huge halls that accomodate big numbers. Any suggestions? Thanks much!

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  1. Hei La Moon or China Pearl.

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    1. re: nasilemak

      attended a Chinese New Years banquet at Hei La Moon a couple weeks ago, it was surprisingly decent, considering the mass production (salt & pepper shrimp (in shell), seafood in crispy noodle basket, sharks fin soup, roast squab, ginger scallion lobster, deep fried whole flounder, sweet sour pork chops, fried rice, e fu noodles, dessert). would probably substitute something for the pork chops and e fu noodles, given a choice.

      1. re: barleywino

        Agree about the surprisingly good food at Hei La Moon. I also attended an event there about a year ago and while the atmosphere wasn't great, the food was very good.

        My only complaint was that the beer wasn't properly chilled but that was probably because our group drank....a lot....more than they expected.

    2. The food is just OK, but if the setting is more important, the Emperor's Garden is really amazing. I believe it's in a decommissioned crazy-ornate theater, and is cavernous.

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      1. re: nsenada

        It was a grand movie palace long ago but was an adult movie theater when i first came to Boston (79).

        1. re: gourmaniac

          It was actually a Chinese movie theater, the Pagoda, before it closed down and became a restaurant. The adult theater in that area was the Pussycat, in what is now the McDonald's space.

          Hmm - in tracking down that info, I just learned that the Hei La Moon space also used to be a Chinese movie theater!

          1. re: gourmaniac

            Don't remember it being an adult theater, but it was one of 3 first-run Chinese/Hong Kong movie theaters from late seventies to mid 80s. Advent of VCR killed that though.

            Anyway, as big as Empire Garden is, I don't love the space for a restaurant. Just not the right acoustics and really a bit too spreadout to feel any intimacy. Coupled with food being meh, I'd go to Hei La Moon or China Pearl over Empire Garden.

            1. re: kobuta

              the old Pagoda space is often misidentified as a porn theater, but I think this is due to the fact that after they carved the space up into a couple of theaters, there was usually one screen devoted to HK Cat III softcore stuff. But mostly what played there in the 80's were the usual Chow Yun-fat and Shaw Bros pics.

        2. I have attended numerous Asian weddings and large parties at China Pearl and they do an excellent job and the banquet food is excellent. I will be attending a wedding for about 700 in the fall so they can accommodate quite a large group.