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Jan 25, 2012 08:06 AM

BYO in Chinatown for birthday dinner?

Hello friends! I wanted to throw a birthday party on the cheap for about 10 people so I was thinking a byo in Chinatown. Any suggestions of a place with a nice space? Would we be better with a private room? Any other non-Chinatown suggestions are welcome as well, but I'm thinking that is the most family-friendly, casual, bang for my buck. Thanks!

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  1. Lee How Fook is BYOB and has a private dining room for parties. Only issue if you do not fill the room which holds 30-40, there may be another party as well as you.

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    1. re: Delucacheesemonger

      DMGr.. have you been to LHF since the principal chef passed away? I have heard, but have not been, that the food has gone down hill. Have any other CH's been recently?

      1. re: cwdonald

        Was there on Tuesday. Not as good as when Doris/Shung were there but far better than earlier visits. His original sous chef died some years back, he was fabulous, and it took a few years till they found someone who could cook the same way. His fried food is still not as light as Shung's was and things are not seasoned as well, but still a very good evening and they serve, AFAIK, the only hot temperatured Peking Duck in town. Not found even at the lowered level, anything else in town close, and have tried.

    2. This may be a little late but I HIGHLY recommend Charles Plaza on 10th St near Vine. It's BYOB, very reasonable, and has an extensive menu with lots of vegetarian options as well. The food is always fresh, tasty, and plentiful. The owner Charles is always there and is so hospitable--he really makes sure your experience is the best. I'm not sure if they have a private room but they do a lot of take out/delivery so it's not usually crowded and there's plenty of space. Even if you've already had your party, try Charles Plaza on your own, it's really great!

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      1. re: byobqueen

        I recently ate at Charles Plaza with a large group and was very underwhelmed with the food, which was mostly bland and greasy Chinese-American fare, and it wasn't a particularly good value compared either: we paid $30-35pp all in--the fish and chicken portions were stingy and most platters got cleaned off. I've spent $20 at better restaurants in Chinatown and ended up with a bunch of leftovers.

        This was a banquet and the menu was fixed... maybe there are better things on the menu but I also don't like that they don't serve pork or beef.

        1. re: barryg

          Wow really? I'm surprised. I'm picky about Chinese food and particularly like Charles plaza because I never find it greasy or salty. The only thing I can guess is perhaps the quality was compromised with the banquet menu. And yes, they don't serve beef or pork but there's so many dishes that it's hard not to find something you like.

      2. Not sure if this is accurate or not, but I had a nice private dinner at Sang Kee Duck house maybe 2-3 yrs ago in their upstairs room. We basically had the room to ourselves and the food was phenominal. We all ordered a al carte, but I know they have a banquet and family style menu. Do not remember if it is BYO or not, as we aren't real big drinkers anyway and had their smoothies.