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Chinatown restaurant for a group of 22 people

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I'll be taking a group of about 22 college students for lunch in Chinatown in a few weeks and would like some recommendations. Here are some criteria:

- must have a few non-pork options
- must have vegetarian options
- not too expensive

dim sum restaurants welcome.

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  1. Dim sum is typically very heavy on the pork and shrimp. If you need a mix of non-pork options AND vegetarian options, it's going to be tough.

    BTW, Chinese food can have a lot of "hidden" non-vegetarian ingredients (could be stock or tiny dried shrimp as a topping) and sometimes restaurants put ground pork in what reads as a vegetarian dish (like mapo tofu).

    1. Amazing 66 at 66 Mott Street. It is large enough to meet your needs. 68 lunch specials @ $5.25 each, which includes a cup of soup, white rice and tea. Add $1 or more if you opt for soda. 15 Beef, 13 Chicken and 14 Seafood platters plus 11 Vegetarian options, some which have meat or seafood (like Deep Fried Stuffed Bean Curd, which has shrimp) and 6-7 which don't (like Yu Choy vegetable with Oyster Sauce.) Chinese restaurants use chicken stock so hopefully that will not pose a problem. You have to make sure you get their special lunch menu - they will hand you the regular more expensive menu when you sit down. And on the reverse side of their special lunch menu are listed 50+ more dishes, ranging in price from $4.00 to $12.95

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      Amazing 66
      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: scoopG

        This is as always an excellent suggestion, scoopG, but surely oyster sauce has oysters or something from them somewhere in its production, so oyster sauce veg are still out for strict vegetarians?

        1. re: buttertart

          I guess I am thinking the OP said vegetarian, not vegan! Some vegetarians consume seafood and dairy...

          1. re: scoopG

            Of course you're right. As usual!

      2. The surprise from Amazing 66 and all of its ilk are that, like kathryn said, they're not very assiduous about refraining from using chicken and/or pork stock when cooking dishes that are ostensibly "vegetarian." I'm in the business of Chinese food and know from where I speak.

        That being said, a call to the restaurant will help you arrange your meal. Do not surprise them by merely arriving with 20+ persons, no matter how large the restaurant is. If you get a manager who's eager to please, you can negotiate the cost-per-person down to about $6-$7 for lunch that's soup to nuts and very delicious. Don't be afraid to bargain; it's a cultural tradition...

        Beside '66', there's also Cantoon Garden, Oriental Garden (yeah, there's lotsa "gardens" in Chinatown) and a couple of other rather new additions to the glitzy, new-era Chinese offerings in that area; all of which can easily accommodate your party.

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        Amazing 66
        66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        Oriental Garden
        14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: shaogo

          Thanks for all the replies - especially you shaogo.