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Sep 20, 2011 07:12 AM

Unique Group Dining in Manhattan?

Need to take a business group of 25 out to dinner. Food budget limited to $100 per person. Drinks are not limited by budged. Looking for good food but for also something memorable whether it be the food, the room, the experience. It's a fun crowd so stuffy place not required. Looking for it to be in a neighborhood where people can hang out afterwards.


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  1. How about Nuela? I've seen several large groups there. The venue is suitable for a fun business dinner and the food is great for sharing.

    43 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

    1. Get thee to Chinatown. One place my husband and I like is Amazing 66 on Mott St. They have large tables with lazy Susan wheels for convenient sharing.the menu ranges from fairly tame (chicken chow fun) to parts of animals not found in the local ShopRite. The waitstaff we've encountered speaks English well ( or well enough) and service is speedy and efficient.they also take credit cards,something that many C-town restaurants don't. Another good place is New York Noodletown (not sure of address,could be Bowery south of Canal). That's in all the tourist guidebooks so it's a bit more crowded.

      Great New York Noodletown
      28 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

      Amazing 66
      66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: joannabar

        I'm not sure I'd do a business dinner at Great NY Noodletown, especially for 25 people. You'd take up almost all of the restaurant, and it's kind of grungy in there (not necessarily in a bad way but IMO it's a cheap eats place).

        NB: Chinatown isn't the best place to hang out after dinner, you'd probably need to walk to the Lower East Side.

        1. re: kathryn

          A good guide to the "health" of a restaurant is the large A,B or C posted on a restaurant's front window or door. If you have to look for this rating, it probably isn't a good thing...or it can mean the place just hasn't had a health inspection recently. "Grade Pending" is ambiguous for the same reason. It sounded to me as though this isn't a business dinner per se, more like a group of business people looking for a good place to eat after the day is done. I've recently been to both places mentioned and they were fine. Not fancy, but clean...I made a good attempt at looking into the kitchens. I prefer Amazing 66 over the other one. It's also much larger than NY Noodletown and has numerous tables for up to 10 or 12. As to safety of C-town, I don't think that's too much of a worry either, but then I'm there frequently and have no fear. There is a major police presence at all times.As to whether there's anything to do other than walk around, that's different issue Pretty much everything except the restaurants closes up after 8pm. The LES has its problem spots too... Negotiating the streets is simply a matter of being aware of what's around you, and a large group is not likely to be bothered by anyone. I would suggest that olympusnyc gets hold of a Zagat guide. They group restaurants by type (family friendly, romantic, etc) and might have a great recommendation for a large group of people. Olympusnyc would do well to make reservations somewhere, which largely leaves out C-town but would guarantee a place for 25 people to eat all at once!

          Amazing 66
          66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        2. re: joannabar

          Agree that Chinatown could be a good call. Get one of the good chefs to do a banquet menu Amazing 66 is a good call, Ping's could be perticularly excellent as well. And they'd hook you UP for that kind of budget. A typical "deluxe" banquet would be around $450- $500 for each ten people (so, $50/pp give or take) - doubling the budget they'd go wild for you. Check out the photos on Ping's website or FB page and you'll see he busts out the whole suckling pigs, foie gras, etc. And for hanging out afterwards - right by Chinatown there's SoHo, the LES, NoLita, etc.

          Other thoughts that could be fun, rather than fancified, and would fall well under your budget:

          The balcony at Blue Smoke

          Front balcony at Essex Restaurant

          Back room at Empellon

          One of the (many) "secret" rooms at Los Feliz.

          Terrace at Kittichai

          Wine cellar at Lure Fishbar

          The "Monday Room" or communal table at Public

          Couple different rooms at Rayuela

          Amazing 66
          66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          165 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002

          Lure Fishbar
          142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

          60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

          22 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          Blue Smoke
          116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

          210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

          The Monday Room
          210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

          120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002

          Los Feliz
          109 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

          Empellon Taqueria
          230 W 4th St, New York, NY 10014

        3. You could try Freemans or Lupa.

          170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

          Freeman Alley, New York, NY 10002