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Biz/Group Dinner in Chinatown?

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olympusnyc Mar 30, 2012 07:33 AM

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.
3) Recommendations?

Thank you.

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  1. scoopG RE: olympusnyc Mar 30, 2012 07:38 AM

    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:
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/826909

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      olympusnyc RE: scoopG Mar 30, 2012 07:50 AM

      Took a look...thanks. Pings looks good but I know not everyone is thrilled with seafood as I am. The other genres look more limited. A66 sounded good. Was there quite some time ago and don't remember the front room being all that big but maybe I'll go take another peek.

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        scoopG RE: olympusnyc Mar 30, 2012 07:58 AM

        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.

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      adal RE: olympusnyc Mar 30, 2012 08:57 AM

      Jing Fong on Elizabeth St. is HUGE and delicious, though I'm not sure how they handle big groups as I've only ever been with groups of 2 or 3.

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        olympusnyc RE: adal Mar 30, 2012 12:16 PM

        Actually, I've been to some quite large banquets (maybe too large) at Jin Fong so I suspect they could easily accommodate us. Appreciate the response.

      2. Chandavkl RE: olympusnyc Mar 30, 2012 09:57 PM

        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.

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