Lunch recommendations for a large group...
I am looking for a nice restaurant to host a birthday lunch for a group of 10-13 (6-9 adults and 4 children) on a Saturday. Would like to keep it in the $25-30 range and am open to any neighborhood north of 14th Street, east or west. Also, would prefer any cuisine but Asian. Would appreciate any recommendations. TIA!
Especially if the kids are boisterous, you could do worse than to go to Landmarc in the Time Warner Center. I have had a good meal or two there, it is within your price range, and it serves things like omelettes at a really elevated level, with excellent ingredients.
I should give the caveats that I haven't been to Landmarc since around May 2011. I also went to Landmarc's Tribeca branch previously, and never had anything but good food at either branch.
Another idea for an informal place that's within your price range and family-friendly is Kefi, on Amsterdam between 84th and 85th Sts. It's a good neighborhood Greek restaurant, not a really elevated upscale gourmet restaurant, but rarely had anything there that wasn't tasty (though avoid the dessert with walnuts because the ice cream is walnut shell-flavored and bits of shell sometimes stray into the walnut cake).
Before I edited this reply, I had brought up the idea of Tocqueville, but apparently, they have nothing bigger than a 6-top, of which they have two, so even if the kids and adults are OK with being at a sedate, somewhat formal place, I'm not sure how easy it would be to get reservations.