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May 27, 2010 09:02 AM

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?

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  1. Do a search for Koreatown or Korea town and you'll find some options that suit large groups.

    4 Replies
    1. re: chow_gal

      Are there any K-Town restaurants that are really trendy or upscale?

      1. re: kathryn

        Not 'upscale' but Mad for Chicken is trendy. And i love it!

        314 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

        1. re: chow_gal

          just want to say that has to be the worst name change ever in the history of places changing their names.

          that said, i wonder if they could accommodate 16 people - i dont know that they could

          1. re: chow_gal

            Mad for Chicken or any of those fried chicken places wouldn't be good for what sounds like an informal banquet.

      2. 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

        Szechuan Gourmet
        21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

        Ruby Foo's
        1626 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

        Peking Duck House
        28 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        Wild Ginger
        380 Broome St, New York, NY 10013

        Wa Jeal
        1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

        1. 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?

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          1. re: kgreig

            Madangsui is good Korean BBQ but is not upscale or trendy. They do handle large groups pretty well, but the service can be brusque and you may feel as if you are being rushed in and out.

            35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

            1. re: kgreig

              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.

              Chin Chin
              216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

            2. Only five blocks from midtown, SG might fit the bill:

              Szechuan Gourmet:


              Szechuan Gourmet
              21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

              1. 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

                Mr. K's
                570 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022