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Pizzeria, biergarten, chinese, or none of the above?

I'll be visiting in NY from San Francisco in April and am looking for a place to get together with friends and family early Sunday afternoon for a casual 35th birthday celebration. The group is likely to be about 10-15 adults, several small children, and a couple of babies. I'd like to find someplace kid-friendly, but not kid-centered (a good pizzeria, maybe, but not Chuckie Cheese or its equivalent). I'd prefer very tasty but not fancy eats, and for adults who are so inclined to be able to have a few beers. Something like a covered patio would also be great.

The potential attendees are spread in every direction (Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens, NJ), so Manhattan would be ideal, though I'd consider outer boroughs, as well, and will re-post there.

Some thoughts I had were a pizzeria, a biergarten, or a private room at a chinese restaurant (e.g. Congee Village). Any suggestions within these categories, or suggestions not within these categories?

For biergarten type places Zum Schneider and Loreley both pop up in researching places-- how well would they work on a Sunday afternoon with the group I described?

If I were going to be in New Haven, one of the old school pizzeria's-- e.g. Pepe's-- would work; what would be a good equivalent in NYC?

I haven't lived in NYC in 15 years, so my knowledge of places is pretty rusty...

Suggestions?

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Congee Village
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Zum Schneider
107 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

Loreley
7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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  1. I'd recommend the back garden at dba in the east village. You can bring in food, the beer is great, and the space is great for a group including little ones

    Great places in the area to get food from:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/750143

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    1. re: rose water

      dba is a good choice, assuming the weather is nice. Seen lots of kids there and it won't be too crowded on a Sunday afternoon. Plus, Lombardis delivers there or you can always run out to Katz's and bring back a few pastrami sandwiches.

      1. re: ESNY

        DBA is a good spot but due to the configuration it might be difficult to fit everyone in if the party is 15 adults plus children and strollers.

        The Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria would be a better choice as there are always kids around during the day but the food really isn't good.

        1. re: MVNYC

          I love the Bohemian Garden. If the party was in June or July it would be perfect. In April, it would be a crapshoot due to the weather.

    2. I've never seen kids at Loreley, so I'm not sure how well they would be received. The people at Lederhosen, though, love children. Sunday afternoons are quieter, so it might be an ideal day to reserve the back for your birthday celebration.

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      Loreley
      7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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      1. re: JungMann

        Plus the food at Loreley is only OK.

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        Loreley
        7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

        1. re: kathryn

          i was recently at Lederhosen and thought the food was good and a much better value than Loreley's - although i think the spaetzle at Loreley is considerably better (i didnt much care for Lederhosens which were more like pic-nic shoestring potatoes - too thin and with an uncharacteristic texture). the 5 dollar sausages (at lederhosen) arent huge but at two for 10 bucks they should soak up a sufficient amount of beer. had a surprisingly tasty white bean soup there also.

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          Loreley
          7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

          1. re: tex.s.toast

            I recently tried the sauerkraut soup with Bauernwurst and it was outstanding. Surprisingly spicy for German fare. They also added rouladen and schaschlik to the menu, both of which I've been meaning to try.

            1. re: JungMann

              The sauerkraut soup was my first choice but then the server came back to tell us they were out (the white bean was a strong second choice, to be sure). I also enjoy how Lederhosen is a bit less les-sceney than lorely, definitely a better choice with kids.

      2. the patio at Lombardis on Sprint St is great . It was very reasonable and prob had about 20 people for a bday party.

        1. another option is biergarten international, in harlem. it's stroller central, and the food is quite good (though i've only tried a small portion of their menu). it's on the loud side, so my daughter isn't a huge fan. (you're then a very quick walk to great playgrounds at morningside park and central park, fwiw).

          while i'm on an uptown kick, there's also the east harlem moustache--freshly prepared, delicious, flavorful food. totally child friendly staff, but no high chairs. huge space that can easily accommodate your group. there's also an east village location, which also has a back garden (and a west village location which would be too crowded for your group).

          while thinking uptown, we have our own old school pizza--patsy's in east harlem. not quite comparable to the amount of character in pepe's. for more character, and wonderful child friendliness, there's arturo's, on houston st.

          1. Otto is good for groups and kids...and the food is delicious and quite affordable. They even do group prix fixe.