Looking for a dinner recommendation near Gansevoort Park Hotel?
What's your max budget, per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks?
It's much easier to give recommendations if you can name a per person figure for food ONLY since drinking habits vary so widely.
Don't forget to account for 20% tip and nearly 9% sales tax.
Eight is a pretty big party in Manhattan and some restaurants won't be able to accommodate your group size.
When is this dinner?
The dinner will be Friday, May 31st. The night before, my wife & I are booked for Torrisi for a more intimate dinner. On Friday, we wanted something fun & easy for a group of 8 in the neighborhood near the Gansevoort Park Hotel. Good food but it does not have to be too "foodie" so as to appeal to all the diners. Price in the $$$ - $$ range .... entrees from $30 - $50 are OK. Open to a range of cuisine from a steakhouse, braisserie, Italian, etc. Thanks for your help!
The Breslin & the John Dory are nearby at the very hip Ace Hotel and do special big group dinners, but the menus may be a bit too "foodie" for your group. They don't otherwise take reservations (unless you want to eat at the John Dory & are staying at the Ace Hotel).
You could also try the NoMad for something a little more upscale and mature, but with delicious and accessible food. The whole roasted chicken with foie gras, black truffle, and brioche stuffed under the skin is excellent.
For something much more casual, the rooftop beer garden at Eataly, perhaps Blue Smoke, or Resto. It's not exactly the most hip/fun neighborhood and gets a little "frat house" the further you go east.