best places for group dining

One of the questions I get asked most frequently- where can I take a big group of people? The list below has a wide range of approachable food styles, price points, can accommodate a large group & the noise that comes with you. 


photo: Swan Dive

photo: Swan Dive

pig beach

Laid-back outdoor bar & eatery offering trays of pit-smoked BBQ

480 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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empellon midtown

Trendy Mexican hot spot serving up innovative tacos & creative drinks in an upscale setting.

510 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10022

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ilili

Creative Lebanese sharing plates served up in a trendy, modern space.

236 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

photo: ABC Kitchen

photo: ABC Kitchen

abc kitchen 

Chic New American eatery via Jean-Georges Vongerichten sourcing local, organic ingredients.

35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

photo: Eater

photo: Eater

parm

Italian-American classics go gourmet at this hip, diner-inspired space.

250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

photo: ny mag

photo: ny mag

OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria

Bustling, gourmet pizzeria & wine bar from Mario Batali 

1 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

photo: Thrillist

photo: Thrillist

Famous Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse

Classic Jewish comfort food & vodka presented in a basement dining room 

157 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

photo: Time Out

photo: Time Out

barbuto

The roast chicken is renowned at this chic Italian eatery where the walls open up in warm weather.

775 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

photo:  Eater

photo:  Eater

beauty & essex

A pawn shop gives way to a hip restaurant & lounge serving creative American fare 

146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

photo: Zagat

photo: Zagat

tacombi

Funky stop for elevated tacos & other Mexican eats plus sangria.

255 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

photo: eater 

photo: eater 

kang ho dong baekjeong

Table-grilled Korean BBQ, plus noodles & cocktails.

1 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

lure fishbar

Upscale fish restaurant famous for its luxury yachtlike interior & hopping bar scene.

142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

the breslin

Contemporary, high-end British gastropub in a hip, vintage-inspired space 

16 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

photo: Eater

photo: Eater

mission chinese

Fiery, innovative takes on Sichuan cuisine.

171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

photo: NY Times  

photo: NY Times  

Buddakan

Huge, lavishly decorated restaurant offering a menu of Asian dishes & cocktails.

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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photo: frankies 570 Spuntino

frankies 570 Spuntino

Italian eatery specializing in Tuscan fare served in a traditional space.

570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

photo: NY Times  

photo: NY Times  

union fare

Industrial-chic American restaurant in an expansive space 

6 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

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fornino

Trendy pizzeria offering wood-fired pies, sandwiches, Italian dishes & cocktails.

291 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

photo: quality meats

photo: quality meats

quality meats

Steakhouse in a hip, industrial space known for its premium chops 

57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

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photo: toro

toro

Tapas specialist for traditional & modern small plates in a lofty, industrial-chic space 

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Lafayette Grand Café & Bakery

Sprawling Belle Epoque-style brasserie & bakery serving classic French fare 

380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10003

photo: lil' frankie's

photo: lil' frankie's

lil' frankie's

Old-school joint offering wood-fired pizza & other casual Italian eats, plus a full bar.

19 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

maison pickle

Retro-chic eatery offering French dip sandwiches, steaks & other American bites 

2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024

vandal

Globally inspired street eats & cocktails in a splashy space with a lower-level lounge & DJs.

199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

photo: Drink NYC

photo: Drink NYC

roberta's

Trendy, popular destination featuring Italian fare & wood-fired pizzas

261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

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photo: gilt

esperanto

This colorful cafe with sidewalk seating serves up Latin food, drink & live music.

145 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009

 

photo: the smith

photo: the smith

The smith

Lively place for classic American fare & in spacious digs with a hopping bar.

1150 Broadway, New York, NY 10001