Restaurant recommendation for smallish group (10 adults + several children)
I am looking for a place to host a group of 10 adults (with 4 small tots) on Thursday August 25th, and am looking to chowhound for some suggestions for restaurants that: 1) be able to accommodate such a group at such short notice 2) will be very good 3) might be able to put us in our own room (not mandatory) 4) needn't be expensive, just good. Cost: mid range $50-$75 / pp (dinner) of course drinks will run us more. We aren't looking for a formal dining experience, merely a place where our Grannies and Aunties can eat with us and we can enjoy the food!
Occasion: 40th birthday party. Coming from SF we can get a good meal without having to spend lots...it's abt a good meal and being together, rather than impressing someone.
Most of the crowd is Indian, so we'd probably stay away from an Indian (or Pakistani rest. for that matter! :)
The area of city...doesn't matter...midtown, East or West Village. (The venue is more important than neighborhood - as long as it is accessible by taxi, subway and/or has valet or nearby parking). Half of the group is coming from SF, the other half lives in the NY surrounds.
NO dietary or cuisine restrictions. The group likes pretty much all cuisines and is international themselves.
Not that it should matter for the restaurant but the little ones: 5yr, 4yr, 10 months and 4 months.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
Ideas in rough order of how ambitious the food is:
Txikito's private room
Prune's downstairs table
Public's semi private room
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Tia Pol's private room
Clinton Street Baking Company
Freemans' private room
Alta has 2 private rooms
Jane's private room
the Smith's private room
Start calling ASAP since you want it on relatively short notice. Also BBQ restaurants might work too -- Blue Smoke, Hill Country, etc.
Large format feasts centered around meat might be good as well:
100 West Houston Street, New York, NY 10012
30 W 26th St, New York, NY 10010
Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002
205 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
64 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011
1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003
Blue Ribbon Bakery
33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014
Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016
210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012
54 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003
55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
240 9th Ave, New York, NY 10001
Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002
325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003