Biz/Group Dinner in Chinatown?
Following a day of business meeting with colleagues from out of town, thinking it might be fun to take them to Chinatown for dinner. Waffling between Dim Sum or Banquet/Course meal. My guess is we will be between 20 and 24 people.
1) Any chance a restaurant has a round table to fit us all? Not mandatory but would be nice.
2) Thoughts on the dim sum vs the course meal? I'm thinking the dim sum (w carts) experience would be memorable for my guests.
I don't think it is feasible to have 24 people around one table. Go for two tables of 12 each. Or three tables of eight each if you want the table to have one single conversation. I personally would opt for a banquet style Chinese meal myself over dim sum for that large of a crew. This very recent thread should help you:
That's the joy of eating Chinese - just because some people do not eat seafood does not mean you can't order it! Spread the proteins (Pork, Chicken, Beef, Lamb, Tofu, Seafood, Fish etc) around as well as cooking styles and methods for a great feast. Front room at A66 could handle 20-24 for sure.
While you can get single round tables of 24 to 30 people in Los Angeles area Chinese restaurants, I don't think it's a particularly good idea since I'd say that more than half the people at the table will be out of reasonable speaking range.