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Dinner for 30+ Choristers near W100th or Lincoln Center. Ideas?

cookingk Jan 21, 2011 09:56 AM

UWS alum here, seeking an inexpensive, child/teen friendly place that can accommodate a large number of people (30ish, mostly choir members, some chaperones). Of course they are on a shoe string budget and of course I remember the charming, funky places of my (pre-kid!) days, not the loud, crazy kid-friendly places.

Any ideas?

They are staying at W 103rd, rehearsing at W112th and hitting Lincoln Center for a show, all on a Saturday nite (of course), so they need a place either in the low 100s or around Lincoln Center-- sometime between 5pm and 7:30pm.

Thanks in advance for any thoughts.

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  1. LNG212 RE: cookingk Jan 21, 2011 10:49 AM

    Can you be more specific about the "shoe string budget"? It would make it easier to recommend places. Thanks.

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      cookingk RE: LNG212 Jan 21, 2011 10:58 AM

      Well, $20 ahead. out the door. Not much to work with. Might be able to push it to $25- not sure.
      thanks for your thoughts.

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        LNG212 RE: cookingk Jan 21, 2011 12:25 PM

        Ooof. $20 is tough. Maybe check out Noche Mexicana. We sometimes order take-out from there and we like the food. I think the price would work. And they have new digs on 101 and Amsterdam but I'm not sure how well 30 people would fit inside. (Do check menu pages for menu & pricing.)

        I'll try to think of something else in the general area. I think your better bet budget-wise is to stick to the 100s rather than trying to look near Lincoln Center which is a much pricier location. Hopefully others will chime in.

        Noche Mexicana
        852 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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      msny98 RE: cookingk Jan 21, 2011 12:22 PM

      Very tight budget but either of these should work and the Pizza is pretty good (damn good at Buca

      Buca 201 West 103rd at Amsterdam

      Patsy's 74th and Columbus

      Also - shake Shack...

      201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025

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        LNG212 RE: msny98 Jan 21, 2011 12:30 PM

        Do you think 30 people will fit inside Buca? It's so small.

        Shake Shack is a good suggestion but they'd have to get there when it's almost empty to ensure that all 30 people could take over that downstairs area.

        What about Dean's? It's on 85 so slightly outside your specified area but I think it would work for your budget and the space is huge.

        Dean's Pizzeria
        215 W 85th St, New York, NY 10024

        201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025

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          msny98 RE: LNG212 Jan 21, 2011 01:23 PM

          Fair point, Buca is TINY. Same owner has Acqua which is bigger. pastas and pizzas range $12 - $15. With a soda and tax and tip they could do $25, but I'd prearrange with the manager

          718 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

          201 W 103rd St, New York, NY 10025

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            LNG212 RE: msny98 Jan 21, 2011 01:45 PM

            I've not eaten at Acqua. How is it? (I'm more likely to end up at Gennaro or Lisca.)

            718 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

            660 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10025

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              cookingk RE: LNG212 Jan 21, 2011 05:10 PM

              This is great- much appreciated. I will check these out tomorrow.

              Also came up with a few others-- any thoughts on these?

              V& T Pizzeria (Amsterdam & 110)

              Toast- 105 & Bway or Deluxe on BWay & 106- would either be big enough?

              Dallas BBQ at 72nd

              Ollies Noodle Shop @ 68th

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                LNG212 RE: cookingk Jan 21, 2011 05:35 PM

                V&T is fine; it's old school Italian American and pizza. The food's not really special but it's okay and it has been there for just forever.

                I've not been to either Toast or Deluxe so can't comment.

                I think Dallas BBQ is absolutely horrifying. If you want BBQ, you might look into Dinosaur BBQ though it might be a bit out of your way. Food is generally very good and it's a big and raucous enough place that your group of 30 would probably have a grand time.

                The Ollie's on 68th is a weirdly laid-out space. I'm not sure how they would do 30 people there. The food is basic American Chinese.

                Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
                777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

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                  rkaene RE: LNG212 Jan 22, 2011 11:42 AM

                  Lanskys- YOu could probably fit into the back room,

      2. coasts RE: cookingk Jan 22, 2011 03:17 PM

        Pio Pio has excellent Peruvian chicken and could easily fit in your budget.

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          mahler5 RE: cookingk Jan 22, 2011 05:51 PM

          What about Ollie's on Broadway at about 69th?

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            cookingk RE: mahler5 Jan 24, 2011 11:43 AM

            Another friend suggested Ollie's but LNG212 was worried about the size... what do you think>

            Also to LNG212- I REALLY wanted to include Dallas BBQ as an option for the chaperones to vote down, but took head of your comment and headed to Yelp for a boatload of entertaining reviews that further dissuaded me from including it!! Oh well.

            Lanskys was also suggested by someone off thread and may work.

            I WISH I knew these kids better because some of the ethnic ideas would have been great. I just can't risk the whine-back reports!! (I do know my kid would LOVE it!)

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              LNG212 RE: cookingk Jan 24, 2011 12:04 PM

              I can only imagine what fun the yelpers had with Dallas BBQ. Yikes. :) Is Dinosaur just too far out of the way for you?

              I hear you about the "whine-back" (and love that term!). And it's really too bad because the more "ethnic" (isn't everything "ethnic" though?) would be your best bets to meet your budget limitations.

              Good luck and do report back where you end up!

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