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Jan 5, 2011 06:16 AM

Need a suggestion for group Sunday lunch on Lower Eastside

I need some suggestions for a Lower Eastside restaurant for a group (8 - 10 ppl) Sunday lunch. We'll be going to the Tenement Museum beforehand. It would be ideal if the restaurant took reservations. I've looked around and am just not sure the Chinatown places take reservations, or Katz's. Little Italy would work out but I'd love to hear of a place that isn't a total tourist trap. It's ok if it's geared towards tourists but the food and service should be decent. Any suggestions would be much appreciated fellow Chow Hounds!

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  1. How is Il Cortile in Little Italy? I used to like eating there when I was young, but that's a generation ago. It's at 125 Mulberry Street.

    Il Cortile
    125 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

    1. Il Cotile is an excellent choice.
      You won't need a reservation at Katz's. Just have one of your group "claim" a few tables that are together while the rest of the group orders at the counter. I never sit in the waiter section but that is also an option.
      We went to the Tenement museum last month and had lunch/brunch @ Stanton Social. They take reservations and the meal was unique and fabulous!! If you are looking for something a little special it's your place.

      Stanton Social
      99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

      1. For dim sum in Chinatown, Red Egg takes reservations. Congee Village also takes reservations.

        'inoteca and Freemans both take reservations for groups of 6 or more. Stanton Social is also a good call.

        Stanton Social
        99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

        Congee Village
        100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

        98 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        Red Egg
        202 Centre Street, New York, NY 10013

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        1. re: kathryn

          Congee Village is also just around the corner from the museum, and since the museum attempted to take over their space by eminent domain (and was roundly condemned by the New York State Court of Appeals for that action), going there for lunch has an element of poetic justice to it.

          1. re: Pan

            I totally forgot about that from the Tenement Museum tour! Nice touch.

        2. See if Little Giant can accommodate you. It's within a block of the Tenement Museum and delicious for brunch.

          Little Giant
          85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

          1. DBGB, just across Houston St from the LES. They take reservations and have large tables that would work perfectly with a group your size. And the food is great.

            299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003