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Struggling to find a place for 15 people on a saturday night in February

My wife is in town for work (which happens from time to time) and we get put up in Jersey City--weekend of Feb. 11, 2012. I have arranged for friends and family from in and out of town to meet and surprise her for her 50th birthday.

PROBLEM: Where do we fit 15 people from age 21 to 55 for drinks/beers/wine AND food that is not some awful Times Square tourist trap? Lots of favorite places are unable or unwilling to accommodate that many people on a Saturday evening.

We have a tentative "maybe" from Il Buco Vineria but I am still looking for a great place. We like food from all places and all levels, and will probably eat, drink, and be merry in one location, and then some of us will continue the celebration into the later hours elsewhere. We last ended up at Decibel for Sake and then cocktails at Little Branch, so we are game for good bars too. But the first locale has to be about food and beverage for that larger group.

Any and all help is welcome...

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  1. You might want to check Open Table to get some ideas. You can make a reservation at a fair number of places for 15 people.

    1. How about daisy mays big pig gig?

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      Daisy May's BBQ
      623 11th Ave, New York, NY 10036

        1. Chinatown Brasserie, which is not actually in Chinatown but in Noho, has a really nice private room up behind their slightly swanky bar area. We held a team party there last year for 15 and it worked out great. They can arrange a menu to suit various budgets. The fact that it is a private room means folks can gather ahead of time to pounce a surprise. Plenty of second and third round options nearby for afterwards.

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          Chinatown Brasserie
          380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

          1. DBGB
            Rubirosa

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            DBGB
            299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

            Rubirosa
            235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012