Private or semi-private room at Manhattan restaurant.
I'm helping a friend out - they're looking for a place in Manhattan that has affordable food (like maybe $15 per person average bill) and has a private or semi-private area for up to about 30 people max. No ethnic food.
Ideally this would be somewhere between the UES/UWS and the Village.
This strikes me as a completely impossible request in this budget.
You can try the Rec Room at UWS Shake Shack, but even that will probably be slightly over budget.
As far as i know your options are:
- ethnic in manhattan
- leave manhattan
- increase the budget
Or all of the above.
These articles may help, the timeout site does a great recap of cheap eats in the city:
And their picks for group dining:
Just as a rule of thumb, most restaurants in Manhattan require some sort of prix-fixe or "minimum spend (in the thousands)" to book their private rooms. A room that fits 30 is even harder to come by.
You're honestly not gonna find anything for less than $60pp; unless you're willing to do ethnic with VERY little ambiance. I'd suggest Congee Village.
I thought this was some sort of troll post at first. Even disregarding the private area request, $15 per person average bill is pretty much impossible to come by at any restaurant in NYC. Even a burger with fries will set you back more than that.
Your best option is probably Olive Garden. Even Red Lobster entrees are over $15.