Restaurant for group meetup in Manhattan?
April 4, 2011 1:19 PM Subscribe
I am coordinating this month's meetup for a group of my friends. We're about twenty people, ranging from 15 years old to middle-aged, looking for a restaurant that would have room for us on a Saturday evening. Ideas?
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We have a few places we've made the rounds of, but none of those were exactly right and I'm trying to put out feelers for other ideas. Yelp is being surprisingly unhelpful (I checked "good for groups" and got back a bunch of food trucks. Well I GUESS those are good for groups...that like to stand on sidewalks.)
We need a place that:
1) Serves food. No bar-only places, although a restaurant that has a bar is a plus for us old people of the group. Or if the restaurant doesn't have a bar, maybe it's near some loose-moral-ed bar that lets in well-behaved, non-drinking minors, where we could go after we eat?
2) Allows minors. We've got 'em, and we'd like to keep them from getting arrested.
3) Has seating that would allow a group of 10-20 people to actually sit together and talk. A private/back room would work too, if it doesn't cost extra.
4) Reasonably inexpensive. Many of us are unemployed or students. We tend to stick to places where an entree costs maybe $10-15. We wouldn't say no to somewhere even cheaper than that.
5) Easily accessible by subway. We'd rather avoid the extreme ends of the island, for this reason.
6) Either takes group reservations or is likely to have room for a large-ish group on a Saturday evening (say, 6 or 7pm) even without reservations
Super-extra bonus points will be awarded for places that have open wifi, activities to do while we socialize (we flirted with the idea of Dave & Buster's, for example), or beer garden-style seating. Mostly the wifi. We're geeks like that.
In the past we've eaten at Ollie's Noodle Bar at 116th and Broadway and Sammy's Noodle Shop at 6th Ave and 11th (despite the similarity, I swear we don't have a noodle fetish and are open to other cuisines). Both of those have good food but seating our group in their somewhat-crowded quarters was a bit tricky (Sammy's less so, but we descended on them as a bit of a surprise so maybe they just didn't have prep time).
Help me be a good party planner, mefi!