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10 people, $20/pp, any ideas?

The subject pretty much sums it up: going out with 10 friends, looking to spend about $20/pp (not including drinks) as some people don't have more to spend than that. Centrally located as some live in Queens, Brooklyn, UES, UWS but then again, centrally located may mean Times Square = tourist trap and too $$$. So location is secondary to cost and being able to accommodate a large party.

Cuisines - Asian, Italian, American are preferred. Any help would be great as most of the places I've thought of are too expensive!

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  1. Chinatown.....

    1. Whole pork butt at Daisy May's! I think they now have a liquor license so they have beer and wine too. You can also try a half-pig but that would take you a little bit over-budget. You need to call ahead for either option. Both the whole pork butt and half pig are for 6 people but I can't imagine six finishing it all. If you get the pork butt, you will still have room in your budget to get a few ribs or plate specials or sides.

      Hopefully there are no vegetarians or vegans in your group or Daisy May's will be a poor suggestion...

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      Daisy May's BBQ
      623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

      1. Koreatown.

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        1. re: chow_gal

          koreatown is fairly expensive. i can't think of anywhere that $20/person would go too far.

        2. curry hill. try to spend more than $20

          1. try laut on 17th between 5th and 6th

            1. Republic in Union Square

              1. 20.00 pp? why bother. go to a movie

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                1. re: srqmike

                  Was that really necessary? There are plenty of places in NYC where one could have good food for under $20/person.

                  I second Otto for Italian. Delicious, affordable, and lively atmosphere.

                  1. re: uwsister

                    $20.00. Take out tax and gratuity down to $15. One beverage 2.50 leaves $12.50

                    Come on, this isn't 1985. That's not a meal, it's fast food.

                    1. re: srqmike

                      A question though.....can you buy a movie ticket, beverage and snack/popcorn for less than $20 in Manhattan?

                      1. re: fourunder

                        Probably not, but high school kids walk around with more than $20.00 in their pocket

                        1. re: srqmike

                          And exactly what does that have to do w/ the OP?

                          There are plenty of spots in Chinatown or K-Town that fits the criteria. In fact there aren't that many places in either Chinatown or K-Town that would cost more than $20/person (without drinks, as the OP specified.)

                          OP, Kun Jip or Kum Gang San would be a good choice if you're interested in Korean food. Large enough menu to have something for everybody, beginner-friendly Korean food, lively atmosphere at both places, and they can definitely accommodate a party of your size. Madangsui has better BBQ but it'll probably be more than $20/person.

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                          Madangsui
                          35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

                          Kum Gang San
                          49 W 32nd St, New York, NY 10001

                          1. re: uwsister

                            I second Kun Jip.

                2. Otto -- Italian / Pizzeria
                  Red Egg -- Dim Sum and Cocktails
                  Tiffin Wallah -- South Indian
                  Copper Chimney -- North Indian
                  La Vela -- Italian

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                  Tiffin Wallah
                  127 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

                  Copper Chimney
                  126 E 28th St, New York, NY 10016

                  La Vela
                  373 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

                  Red Egg
                  202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

                  1. Saigon Grill (Vietnamese) or Spice (Thai) in Union Square

                    1. I've said it before and I'll say it again, the most amazing bargain is at Fedora in the West Village. I'm pretty sure that soup-to-nuts, and a glass of wine, will be less than $20 per person. Now, that being said, you'll have to call ahead. And the (sometimes surly) servers mayn't be all that happy to serve a party of ten -- at once.

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                      Fedora
                      239 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

                      1. Does Momofuku still do fried chicken? Their FAQ says it's $100 and feeds a party of 4-8. People say it's great fun.

                        For fun get togethers, I like the yakitori places around St. Marks Place (Village Yokocho might be my first choice, but Yakitori Taisho and Kenka are good too) or Chinese at Congee Village. (I sound like a broken record!) Both have cheep drinks, and can accommodate large parties. Both can have long waits on Friday and Saturday nights, so maybe go early for the best seats.

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                        Congee Village
                        100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

                        Yakitori Taisho
                        5 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

                        Kenka
                        25 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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                        1. re: flower_puppy

                          the Momofuku fried chicken dinner is still on and still great. the trouble is A. getting the reservation and B. you can't reserve for 10 people.

                          for OP's situation, i think Otto would be a perfect choice.

                        2. Oh, also fun, good for large groups, and much less than $20 is the Ukrainian National Home or UkrainianEastVillageRestaurant or whatever it goes by these days. Very cheap, very delicious, and especially fun if there's a wedding in the back room.

                          Food at the Russian Vodka Room in Midtown can get expensive, but NYMag says they have a 5-7pm happy hour with $3.50 infused vodka shots. And their infused vodka is fantastic - I particularly like the horseradish. That place is a party and a half.

                          I'm not sure it's still open, but I also liked Anyway Cafe in the East Village for reasonably priced eastern european food - crepes were around $12 as I recall. The vibe was mellower too.

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                          Russian Vodka Room
                          265 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019