Recommend a trendy or upscale family style Asian restaurant in Midtown?
We have a special occasion in Mid-town and were looking for a restaurant to accomodate a party of 16, where we'd like to serve family style Asian food. I am hoping it can be a lively place, but not terribly expensive. Asian Fusion, traditional Chinese...doesn't matter.
We're from Seattle, so we're sort of shooting in the dark. Any restaurants come to mind?
If you're looking for something similar to Wild Ginger in Seattle, perhaps Buddakan downtown - decent food, fusion, lively, big enough for 16, not terribly expensive.
Can't think of any place midtown, except Ruby Foo's which I haven't tried (not sure if it's known for its food). For traditional Chinese in more modest surroundings, search Szechuan Gourmet, Wa Jeal or Peking Duck House on this board.
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018
1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Peking Duck House
28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013
1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028
I should also say that the folks we are celebrating with are from Alabama...not a lot of exposure to true asian food, as us Seattle-ites (and you New Yorkers :-) ) have been blessed with. Case in point, they love PF Changs and consider that upscale and exotic. So something along those lines would be appropriate for this function.
The Korean suggestion is a good one. A little familiarity with the BBQ aspect, but also still stretching their idea of safe asian food. Any specific recommendations?
How about Chin Chin? It's very much "PF Chang"-ish but more upscale. You might have to call ahead to confirm if they can take 16 people but from what I remember it's not a small restaurant so it should be do-able if they combine a few tables together.
216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017
While I've never been inside it, it seems to me that Mr. K's fits your upscale version of PF Changs.
It's right in "midtown" at 51st and lexington
570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022