Moroccan restaurant for 25 high school kids, near 53rd and 6th
Bringing 25 kids to NYC for Model UN conference in March. Need to find an inexpensive ($20 per person, if possible) Moroccan place for dinner - we are staying at the Hilton on 53rd and 6th and we'd like to be able to walk to the place. Suggestions are much appreciated!
Unfortunately, there simply is no restaurant that meets these requirements.
It's possible you can find Moroccan catering in that price range for your hotel if there's a room you can eat in there. There aren't that many Moroccan restaurants in the city, and most of what I can think of falls into either teeny and unable to cope with a party of 25 or clubby and inappropriate for a bunch of high schoolers.
If you're willing to do something Middle Eastern/Ethiopian/Afghani, there are a few places you can try contacting, though I suspect they won't be overly excited to serve 25 kids on a low budget. These are
Ariana Afghan Kebab Restaurant
Queen of Sheeba
None of them is terribly close (your hotel is surrounded largely by office buildings), but all are within a New Yorker's definition of walking distinance.
Bab Marrakech on 10th Ave. between 47/48th Sts. is the closest (there is another Moroccan place, Disiac, on 54th between 9th and 10th, but it's primarily a bar with limited food that is too expensive for your budget anyway).
Bab Marrakech is in a narrow space and probably couldn't handle your group, but the price point and food offerings are perfect. See for yourself:
Two thoughts. As downtownchica suggests, perhaps Bab could cater. The other idea: if Moroccan isn't an absolute necessity, I'll bet the kids would gain great street cred if they stand in line at the cart for Hallal Guys and eat huge portions of lamb and/or chicken gyro for all of six bucks. It's literally across the street from the Hilton (53rd and sixth -- there are also satellite carts within a block, serving the same food).
53rd St & 6th Ave "Original Location" (in front of Hilton) / 7pm to 4am
53rd St & 6th Ave (across 6th Ave from above location) /10am to 5am
53rd St & 7th Ave / 10am to 5am
They'll have plenty of money left over to get dessert somewhere else.