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Asian / Chinese Restaurant for Rehearsal Dinner?

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So, there's one month to go before the Big Day... and I have a Friday rehearsal dinner to plan for ~70 people, some coming from Boston and others from Providence at $20-25 per person. We'd like to do a Chinese or Asian meal, since the wedding is American style. The problem: we eat WAY too many Chinese banquet meals as regular family events, so we are super critical on our budget.

Where would you go? What would you order?

...Places I've Considered....
Hei-La Moon: Nicest decorations in Boston, big space, give you room private dividers. Great dim sum, but after a bad dinner meal with a test menu (Dinner for 8), poor service, and big stomachache, am likely to cancel my reservation.

China Pearl: Dirty/dingy inside, not really private either (they'll put you in the main room with our party size) but it is a family tradition. Other locations would offer free parking -- how does Quincy restaurant compare in terms of interiors and quality?

East Ocean City: Small, not much to look at, but great food. Can you get a really good meal for our price range?

Minado's: Too expensive. Harder for toasts and our slideshow / privacy. But hopefully less of a chance of stomachaches.

... other places? anyone suggest Jade Garden?

... or a non-Asian place all together!

THANKS in advance!

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China Pearl Restaurant
9 Tyler St, Boston, MA 02111

Minado Restaurant
1282 Worcester St, Natick, MA 01760

East Ocean City Restaurant
27 Beach St, Boston, MA 02111

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  1. As a change of pace from the Cantonese banquet thing, how about Taiwanese or Sichuan outside of Chinatown. I've had great meals at Fuloon (as a chowdown) and it is large enough to accommodate 70. Other options, Jo Jo Taipei, Sichuan Gardens, Sichuan Gourmet.

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    Sichuan Gourmet
    502 Boston Rd, Billerica, MA 01821

    Sichuan Garden
    295 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445

    JoJo Tai Pei Restaurant
    103 Brighton Ave, Boston, MA 02134

    1. I had my rehearsal dinner at East Ocean city about 5 years ago and it was fantasic. My wife, who is Taiwanese, pre-ordered our food based on having a large group of people. I beleive there are a few options if you do it this way. Since we had a mix of american and taiwanese people, she was able to order with enough variety so everyone was happy and i don't think the price was over $20 per person, including a few bottles of wine. Great time and everyone left happy and full. We had about about 25 people and were spread out over three tables.

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      East Ocean Restaurant
      3704 Washington St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

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