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25 Crowd-Pleasing Restaurants for Group Dinners in NYC

Whether it’s pizzas or a spicy Sichuan feast, there are plenty of options when hosting a group dinner

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As group dining carefully and cautiously returns to NYC’s restaurants, finding a place that appeals to everyone in a party, whether it’s a table for six or 12, can still be tricky — after all, such gatherings seemed unimaginable not so long ago. Still, dining as group presents challenges. There’s the non-drinker, a non-meat eater, or the person that wants to only dine outdoors. The hunt for the perfect restaurant isn’t always easy when checking off these boxes and more. Nonetheless, these restaurants below can suit various tastes, restrictions, and price ranges — no matter if the occasion calls for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

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Suyo Gastrofusion

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This Latin-Asian fusion restaurant and lounge presents a prix-fixe menu at $90 per person and offers apps and entrees along with two hours worth of unlimited sangria, wine, and beer. Some starters are served family style, including: mango guacamole, shrimp spring rolls, glazed wings and beef and chicken empanadas. Main dishes include churrasco, sweet plantain mofongo, chicken breast, salmon, and spicy veggie pad thai. For parties of 10 guests or more, email rsvp@suyonyc.com or call 718-537-7896 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A credit card is required to secure the reservation.

Parm Upper West Side

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Reservations can be made for up to 14 guests at Parm's Upper West Side location as well as at Battery Park City. For lunch and dinner, diners can pick from Parm's regular menu, with options like rigatoni fra diavolo, pork milanese, baked ziti, and baked clams for dinner, plus heroes at lunch. Reservations are on Resy; parties larger than 14 should email events@parmnyc.com.

Sandwiches piled up, thrown around at random, with some fixings and side dishes also on display. Parm [Official Photo]

Boqueria

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With four locations throughout Manhattan — Soho, Flatiron District, Midtown West, and the Upper East Side — Boqueria makes shared plates for tapas and paella easy among groups. The chef’s tasting menu (at $52 per person) features a mix of classic and seasonal tapas (plus the West 40th location has a private dining room).

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A spread of tapas at Boqueria.
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Favela Grill

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Favela Grill’s homestyle Brazilian is a warm and welcoming space for any casual occasion. Groups up to 12 can reserve any night of the week for caipirinhas and dishes such as the cheesy bread pão de queijo, chicken stroganoff, and grilled sirloin steak with sautéed onions. There’s also often live music.

Szechuan Mountain House

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One of the more handsome Flushing Sichuan restaurants, full of dark wood and exposed brick, Szechuan Mountain House serves up huge portions that are ideal for sharing. Order up dishes like mapo tofu, spicy mung bean jelly salad, stewed fish filet with pickled cabbage and chili, and fried lotus roots with celery. Be sure to get at least one of the artfully presented sliced pork belly with chile garlic sauce. Call to reserve.

Lotus roots in a light blue bowl Jean Schwarzwalder/Eater

MáLà Project

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Dry pot is seemingly infinitely customizable, and Málà Project near Bryant Park allows each diner to make their own version, or a few that the group can share. Throw in ingredients such as chicken thigh, pork belly, prawn, tofu skin, rice cakes, bok choy, or taro, and choose a spice level that everyone can handle. Don’t miss appetizers like pig ear in chile oil, dandan noodles, and husband & wife lung and tripe slices. This restaurant is particularly good for adhering to various dietary restrictions, like for vegetarians or pescatarians. Groups of seven or more can call to reserve; parties of 12 or more require a prix fixe menu. There’s also an East Village location.

Dry pot at MaLa Project Anthony Bui/Eater

Le Pavillon

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Opened in May 2021, the latest restaurant venture by renowned chef Daniel Boulud celebrates vegetable-forward and seafood-centric cuisine with an emphasis on seasonality. At its One Vanderbilt location near Grand Central Terminal, the semi-private garden table seats 14 guests and the private dining room can suit 28 guests.

Greenery and olive trees line the left side of the dining room at Le Pavillon.
The main dining room at Le Pavillon.
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American Brass

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This elegant seafood restaurant with facing Manhattan skyline views and located directly across from the Long Island City Gantries has a semi-private dining room which can service 20 to 60 guests. Menu favorites include their steak frites, market greens, and black bass.

Tacombi

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All of Tacombi’s NYC locations accept reservations online which helps planning for larger groups. Diners can choose from items like its Baja-style fried fish tacos, al pastor-style burritos, and corn esquites. Parties of 10 or more can go prix fixe.

Chote Nawab

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Big groups can reserve tables for Indian-spiced kebabs, meaty rice plates, masala, tikka, and other Indian fare. The room here is a step above many of NYC's takeout Indian restaurants, with colorful touches and lots of warm woods. Call ahead to guarantee a table for a particularly large group.

Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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With outposts in the West Village and East Village, on the Upper East Side and Midtown West, diners can sample as many (or as little) of pit master Hugh Mangum’s barbecue options. All of the meat options at Mighty Quinn’s are available by the pound, and sides like burnt end baked beans, sweet corn fritters, and broccoli salad are available in small, medium, and large sizes. Mighty Quinn’s also offers half-gallon growlers of beer like Allagash White Ale. The Upper East Side location takes reservations for up to 14 people; the West Village can handle up to 10; and the East Village has 50 seats while Midtown is more of a takeout spot with only around 18. 

Long wooden tables with steel seats inside an exposed brick space Bess Adler/Eater

Baar Baar

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This modern Indian gastropub is known for its modern Indian tapas and shared plates and has two semi-private areas that comfortably seat 25 to 28 guests. For gatherings of up to 40, there are various set menus available with vegetarian and/or meat dishes in small and large plates, sides, and a dessert. Options for larger parties and buy-outs are also available.  

Rubirosa

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Their family room accommodates groups of eight to 22 guests for a seated dinner that’s situated in a cozy spot. Two menu options are available. Party organizers can personalize their event by pre-selecting a three-course meal from a list of antipasti selections, homemade pastas, pizzas and classic Italian desserts. Dishes are served family style. For group dining inquiries, email party@rubirosanyc.com

Peasant

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This rustic Italian, wood-fired restaurant in Nolita has various offerings for group dinners. For parties of six or more, Peasant puts on a family-style Pig Roast Dinner, which includes antipasti such as charcuterie, baby lettuce caesar with guanciale and garlic bread, pizza bianca, and cacio e pepe. The whole rotisserie suckling pig is served with seasonal vegetables and sides, and the meal also includes two desserts: hazelnut budino and brick oven apple crisp. Additionally, Peasant can cater groups of up to 25 guests within its private room.

This homestyle Thai restaurant with a greenmarket approach can seat up to 14 people for a prix fixe menu within its outdoor patio. Its interior can cater up to eight people. Popular dishes include the moo sarong (noodle wrapped meatballs), sen chan pad lobster, crab fried rice, and crispy calamari.

This Laotian restaurant in the thick of Tribeca accepts reservations for parties as big as 25 people, with a prix fixe menu starting at $59 per person for a three-course dinner. Start the table off with small plates of green papaya salad and lemongrass chicken sausage. Then, move onto much larger plates like a charred curried king salmon with a coconut green curry and Jasmine rice, chile prawns, crispy pork belly lettuce wrap with a sweet carrot peanut sauce and rice vermicelli, Berkshire spare ribs, pork curry noodles, and wok-seared prawns and noodles. Non-private parties of up to 30 are accommodated, and inquiries should be sent to info@kheyo.com

Stephen Starr’s Battery Park restaurant is serving crowd-pleasing Mexican fare in a space that’s colorful and lively. Start a meal off with guacamole and nachos for the table before moving onto plates of tuna tostadas, mahi-mahi tacos, carnitas tacos, and chicken enchiladas. Cocktails include a classic margarita and a blood orange slushy. Note: Reservations can be made for up to 14 people, a tally beyond that number is booked through events; there are non-private, semi-private dining, and buyouts options.

El Vez’s colorful dining room with a teal booth El Vez [Official Photo]

Peter Luger Steak House

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Peter Luger is probably the most quintessential version of a New York City steakhouse. The South Williamsburg restaurant has drawn people from across the five boroughs since it opened in 1887. The dry-aged porterhouse, which arrives with a sizzle, is the flagship dish, and the bacon and lunch-only burger are also popular. Reservations for up to 10 people are available on Resy, but for more than that number email David at reservations@peterluger.com

A porterhouse sliced on a white plate Nick Solares/Eater

Watermark

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At Pier 15 in theSouth Street Seaport, this 10,000-square-foot waterfront venue can easily host a party. During the colder months, Watermark features its rooftop Winter Wonderland of outdoor but enclosed glass houses (which can fit from two to 10 people), light displays, and festive greenery. Within its indoor and outside setups, this establishment can accommodate gatherings of various sizes.

French Louie

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French-inspired dishes like steak frites for dinner, grilled trout po’ boy for lunch, and crème brûlée French toast for brunch are all available at this Boerum Hill bistro. French Louie is very accommodating to groups, allowing custom beverage packages, customizations for various dietary restrictions, and seating on the lovely patio if available. Call 718-935-1200 to reserve for parties of seven to 10 people.

The Fly

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Rotisserie chicken is a crowd-pleaser, and the Fly’s juicy version does not fall short. The hip Bed-Stuy restaurant offers its chicken, plus french fries, salad, a seasonal vegetable, olives and potatoes, for $40 per person plus tax and tip. Add on Hart’s olive oil cake to your dinner for $60. Groups of eight to 20 can email hello@theflybrooklyn.com for reservations.

A plate of roast chicken sits on a light wood table next to a glass of white wine. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

Parties of up to 16 guests can book on Resy for a table at Insa, where large groups can stretch across one of the Korean barbecue restaurant’s long picnic-style tables. Menu highlights include pork, beef, and chive dumplings; kimchi fried rice with bacon or housemade spam and a fried egg; and barbecue options like beef brisket, pork belly, and pork jowl. The best part is heading into one of the karaoke rooms, which are available to reserve 30 days out, after dinner.

The long wooden communal tables at Insa Khushbu Shah/Eater

Hometown Bar-B-Que

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Sometimes there’s no planning ahead with large groups, and when that’s the case, Hometown is the move. The massive barbecue restaurant has ample seating for its eclectic menu of juicy brisket, gonzo beef ribs, pulled pork tacos, lamb belly banh mi, and other meaty options. Vegetarians can cobble together a respectable meal from the sides. Anticipate lines at peak times.

Diners queue up at in front of Hometown Bar-B-Que’s American flag mural Nick Solares/Eater

Catfish

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This Crown Heights Cajun restaurant and bar is always bustling, but groups 10 or larger can call or email for reservations at certain times to ensure easy access. The New Orleans-inspired fare runs from a catfish po’ boy to gumbo to shrimp ‘n’ grits. Brunch is also popular for dishes like chicken fried steak with white gravy and fried eggs or eggs scrambled with andouille and bacon. The dark wood and brick-walled interior has bistro vibes, including a standout absinthe list.

Chuan Tian Xia

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Call ahead for a group reservation at Chuan Tian Xia, one of the most impressive Sichuan restaurants in town. A space with vibrant murals and big wooden tables set a lively scene for huge portions that will be better suited for sharing with a crew. Go for one of the whole fish, and supplement it with a spicy cauliflower dish in a wok. But go for more than one order of the chile wontons, which are called Chengdu Dragon Reading Hands on the menu. There’s beer and wine, as well as pitchers of fresh juice.

Chuan Tian Xia Robert Sietsema/Eater

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Suyo Gastrofusion

This Latin-Asian fusion restaurant and lounge presents a prix-fixe menu at $90 per person and offers apps and entrees along with two hours worth of unlimited sangria, wine, and beer. Some starters are served family style, including: mango guacamole, shrimp spring rolls, glazed wings and beef and chicken empanadas. Main dishes include churrasco, sweet plantain mofongo, chicken breast, salmon, and spicy veggie pad thai. For parties of 10 guests or more, email rsvp@suyonyc.com or call 718-537-7896 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A credit card is required to secure the reservation.

Parm Upper West Side

Sandwiches piled up, thrown around at random, with some fixings and side dishes also on display. Parm [Official Photo]

Reservations can be made for up to 14 guests at Parm's Upper West Side location as well as at Battery Park City. For lunch and dinner, diners can pick from Parm's regular menu, with options like rigatoni fra diavolo, pork milanese, baked ziti, and baked clams for dinner, plus heroes at lunch. Reservations are on Resy; parties larger than 14 should email events@parmnyc.com.

Sandwiches piled up, thrown around at random, with some fixings and side dishes also on display. Parm [Official Photo]

Boqueria

An overhead photograph of several small plates of seafood bread, and cooked produce
A spread of tapas at Boqueria.
Boqueria

With four locations throughout Manhattan — Soho, Flatiron District, Midtown West, and the Upper East Side — Boqueria makes shared plates for tapas and paella easy among groups. The chef’s tasting menu (at $52 per person) features a mix of classic and seasonal tapas (plus the West 40th location has a private dining room).

An overhead photograph of several small plates of seafood bread, and cooked produce
A spread of tapas at Boqueria.
Boqueria

Favela Grill

Favela Grill’s homestyle Brazilian is a warm and welcoming space for any casual occasion. Groups up to 12 can reserve any night of the week for caipirinhas and dishes such as the cheesy bread pão de queijo, chicken stroganoff, and grilled sirloin steak with sautéed onions. There’s also often live music.

Szechuan Mountain House

Lotus roots in a light blue bowl Jean Schwarzwalder/Eater

One of the more handsome Flushing Sichuan restaurants, full of dark wood and exposed brick, Szechuan Mountain House serves up huge portions that are ideal for sharing. Order up dishes like mapo tofu, spicy mung bean jelly salad, stewed fish filet with pickled cabbage and chili, and fried lotus roots with celery. Be sure to get at least one of the artfully presented sliced pork belly with chile garlic sauce. Call to reserve.

Lotus roots in a light blue bowl Jean Schwarzwalder/Eater

MáLà Project

Dry pot at MaLa Project Anthony Bui/Eater

Dry pot is seemingly infinitely customizable, and Málà Project near Bryant Park allows each diner to make their own version, or a few that the group can share. Throw in ingredients such as chicken thigh, pork belly, prawn, tofu skin, rice cakes, bok choy, or taro, and choose a spice level that everyone can handle. Don’t miss appetizers like pig ear in chile oil, dandan noodles, and husband & wife lung and tripe slices. This restaurant is particularly good for adhering to various dietary restrictions, like for vegetarians or pescatarians. Groups of seven or more can call to reserve; parties of 12 or more require a prix fixe menu. There’s also an East Village location.

Dry pot at MaLa Project Anthony Bui/Eater

Le Pavillon

Greenery and olive trees line the left side of the dining room at Le Pavillon.
The main dining room at Le Pavillon.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

Opened in May 2021, the latest restaurant venture by renowned chef Daniel Boulud celebrates vegetable-forward and seafood-centric cuisine with an emphasis on seasonality. At its One Vanderbilt location near Grand Central Terminal, the semi-private garden table seats 14 guests and the private dining room can suit 28 guests.

Greenery and olive trees line the left side of the dining room at Le Pavillon.
The main dining room at Le Pavillon.
Alex Staniloff/Eater NY

American Brass

This elegant seafood restaurant with facing Manhattan skyline views and located directly across from the Long Island City Gantries has a semi-private dining room which can service 20 to 60 guests. Menu favorites include their steak frites, market greens, and black bass.

Tacombi

All of Tacombi’s NYC locations accept reservations online which helps planning for larger groups. Diners can choose from items like its Baja-style fried fish tacos, al pastor-style burritos, and corn esquites. Parties of 10 or more can go prix fixe.

Chote Nawab

Big groups can reserve tables for Indian-spiced kebabs, meaty rice plates, masala, tikka, and other Indian fare. The room here is a step above many of NYC's takeout Indian restaurants, with colorful touches and lots of warm woods. Call ahead to guarantee a table for a particularly large group.

Mighty Quinn's BBQ

Long wooden tables with steel seats inside an exposed brick space Bess Adler/Eater

With outposts in the West Village and East Village, on the Upper East Side and Midtown West, diners can sample as many (or as little) of pit master Hugh Mangum’s barbecue options. All of the meat options at Mighty Quinn’s are available by the pound, and sides like burnt end baked beans, sweet corn fritters, and broccoli salad are available in small, medium, and large sizes. Mighty Quinn’s also offers half-gallon growlers of beer like Allagash White Ale. The Upper East Side location takes reservations for up to 14 people; the West Village can handle up to 10; and the East Village has 50 seats while Midtown is more of a takeout spot with only around 18. 

Long wooden tables with steel seats inside an exposed brick space Bess Adler/Eater

Baar Baar

This modern Indian gastropub is known for its modern Indian tapas and shared plates and has two semi-private areas that comfortably seat 25 to 28 guests. For gatherings of up to 40, there are various set menus available with vegetarian and/or meat dishes in small and large plates, sides, and a dessert. Options for larger parties and buy-outs are also available.  

Rubirosa

Their family room accommodates groups of eight to 22 guests for a seated dinner that’s situated in a cozy spot. Two menu options are available. Party organizers can personalize their event by pre-selecting a three-course meal from a list of antipasti selections, homemade pastas, pizzas and classic Italian desserts. Dishes are served family style. For group dining inquiries, email party@rubirosanyc.com

Peasant

This rustic Italian, wood-fired restaurant in Nolita has various offerings for group dinners. For parties of six or more, Peasant puts on a family-style Pig Roast Dinner, which includes antipasti such as charcuterie, baby lettuce caesar with guanciale and garlic bread, pizza bianca, and cacio e pepe. The whole rotisserie suckling pig is served with seasonal vegetables and sides, and the meal also includes two desserts: hazelnut budino and brick oven apple crisp. Additionally, Peasant can cater groups of up to 25 guests within its private room.

Wayla

This homestyle Thai restaurant with a greenmarket approach can seat up to 14 people for a prix fixe menu within its outdoor patio. Its interior can cater up to eight people. Popular dishes include the moo sarong (noodle wrapped meatballs), sen chan pad lobster, crab fried rice, and crispy calamari.

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Khe-Yo

This Laotian restaurant in the thick of Tribeca accepts reservations for parties as big as 25 people, with a prix fixe menu starting at $59 per person for a three-course dinner. Start the table off with small plates of green papaya salad and lemongrass chicken sausage. Then, move onto much larger plates like a charred curried king salmon with a coconut green curry and Jasmine rice, chile prawns, crispy pork belly lettuce wrap with a sweet carrot peanut sauce and rice vermicelli, Berkshire spare ribs, pork curry noodles, and wok-seared prawns and noodles. Non-private parties of up to 30 are accommodated, and inquiries should be sent to info@kheyo.com

El Vez

El Vez’s colorful dining room with a teal booth El Vez [Official Photo]

Stephen Starr’s Battery Park restaurant is serving crowd-pleasing Mexican fare in a space that’s colorful and lively. Start a meal off with guacamole and nachos for the table before moving onto plates of tuna tostadas, mahi-mahi tacos, carnitas tacos, and chicken enchiladas. Cocktails include a classic margarita and a blood orange slushy. Note: Reservations can be made for up to 14 people, a tally beyond that number is booked through events; there are non-private, semi-private dining, and buyouts options.

El Vez’s colorful dining room with a teal booth El Vez [Official Photo]

Peter Luger Steak House

A porterhouse sliced on a white plate Nick Solares/Eater

Peter Luger is probably the most quintessential version of a New York City steakhouse. The South Williamsburg restaurant has drawn people from across the five boroughs since it opened in 1887. The dry-aged porterhouse, which arrives with a sizzle, is the flagship dish, and the bacon and lunch-only burger are also popular. Reservations for up to 10 people are available on Resy, but for more than that number email David at reservations@peterluger.com

A porterhouse sliced on a white plate Nick Solares/Eater

Watermark

At Pier 15 in theSouth Street Seaport, this 10,000-square-foot waterfront venue can easily host a party. During the colder months, Watermark features its rooftop Winter Wonderland of outdoor but enclosed glass houses (which can fit from two to 10 people), light displays, and festive greenery. Within its indoor and outside setups, this establishment can accommodate gatherings of various sizes.

French Louie

French-inspired dishes like steak frites for dinner, grilled trout po’ boy for lunch, and crème brûlée French toast for brunch are all available at this Boerum Hill bistro. French Louie is very accommodating to groups, allowing custom beverage packages, customizations for various dietary restrictions, and seating on the lovely patio if available. Call 718-935-1200 to reserve for parties of seven to 10 people.

The Fly

A plate of roast chicken sits on a light wood table next to a glass of white wine. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

Rotisserie chicken is a crowd-pleaser, and the Fly’s juicy version does not fall short. The hip Bed-Stuy restaurant offers its chicken, plus french fries, salad, a seasonal vegetable, olives and potatoes, for $40 per person plus tax and tip. Add on Hart’s olive oil cake to your dinner for $60. Groups of eight to 20 can email hello@theflybrooklyn.com for reservations.

A plate of roast chicken sits on a light wood table next to a glass of white wine. Photo by Casey Kelbaugh

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