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Amazing ethnic spot for a party of 10?

cheapandspicy Mar 28, 2014 07:18 AM

Planning a dinner for 10 people who would all choose a yummy hole-in-the-wall joint over a beautiful-but-bland upscale restaurant. The type of cuisine doesn't matter, as long as it's interesting and delicious.

The catch: has to take reservations, or be huge enough that we don't need them -- there are 10 of us.

We're mostly coming from Brooklyn, so Elmhurst is awkward to get to, but hit me with your BK and Queens favorites!


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  1. johnk RE: cheapandspicy Mar 28, 2014 07:57 AM

    I'm sure Wafa would take a reservation for 10.
    Her food is fresh & delicious! It's not far off the Jackie Robinson so coming from Bklyn is not that tedious.
    Regards, JK

    1. jen kalb RE: cheapandspicy Mar 28, 2014 09:21 AM

      There are lots of possibilities in Brooklyn from Russion/Central Asian to Turkish to Middle Eastern to Chinese to Mexican - what sort of food would your group like and is transportation an issue?

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        cheapandspicy RE: jen kalb Mar 28, 2014 09:25 AM

        Thanks, Jen! We're really open to almost anything. (I know, that doesn't help narrow it down.) If the food is great, and the experience is great, we'll take it.

        Everybody's generally on subways, but could probably cab it if that doesn't involve taking a second mortgage.

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          jen kalb RE: cheapandspicy Mar 28, 2014 09:55 AM

          If its subway travel, Im basically on with Steve's recommendations. I do think you could go to one of the big Chinese places in Sunset Park rather than to Flushing (there are several near the N train 8th Ave station) but Im not up on which are most recommended at this time.

          Places like Pirosmani, Moldova, Baku Palace etc are not so subway convenient but would be fun and exotic for a group

      2. Steve R RE: cheapandspicy Mar 28, 2014 09:41 AM

        Tacos Matamoros I or II in Sunset Park
        Golden Palace or Fu Run in Flushing
        Tanoreen in Bay Ridge
        Taci's Beyta on Coney Is. Ave
        Cafe Glechik in Brighton Beach
        Latin American place on Roosevelt (not sure which is best)

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          Bob Martinez RE: Steve R Mar 28, 2014 10:27 AM

          Nice list. One clarification. Tacos Matamoros I, on 44th and 5th Ave., is the mothership. It can fit a large group as long as they call ahead.

          Matamoros II is relatively tiny and couldn't handle a group of 10. It also only serves a subset of the menu. It's fine for tacos but somewhat limited in other ways.

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            cheapandspicy RE: Steve R Mar 28, 2014 11:04 AM

            Thanks, Steve!

            Tanoreen was on my list already, but the others are new to me. Much appreciated!

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              Pookipichu RE: cheapandspicy Mar 31, 2014 07:58 AM

              Fu Run is really delicious and reasonable.

              Tanoreen might run a bit pricey, not inexpensive.

              If you like spicy food, I recommend Spicy Tasty in Flushing or Hunan House, Biang and Hunan Kitchen (also in Flushing)

              1. re: Pookipichu
                cheapandspicy RE: Pookipichu Mar 31, 2014 10:13 AM

                Yup, sounds like a trip to Flushing (or three or four) is in order. Thanks fort he suggestions!

          2. guanubian RE: cheapandspicy Apr 1, 2014 04:06 PM

            Some easy and great choices are Tacos Nuevo Mexico in Park Slope and Sripraphai in Woodside.

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