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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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1. Suyo Gastrofusion

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14 W 170th St
Bronx, NY 10452
(718) 537-7896
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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.

2. Parm Upper West Side

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235 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023
(212) 776-4921
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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]

3. Boqueria

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1460 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10075
(212) 343-2227
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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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4. Favela Grill

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33-18 28th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103
(718) 545-8250
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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.

5. Szechuan Mountain House

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3916 Prince St G03
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 888-7893
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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

6. MáLà Project

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41 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036
(917) 261-7520
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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

7. Le Pavillon

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One Vanderbilt Ave
New York, NY 10017
(212) 662-1000
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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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8. American Brass

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2-01 50th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

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.

9. Tacombi

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30 W 24th St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 242-3491
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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.

10. Chote Nawab

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115 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 679-4603
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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.

11. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
(646) 524-7889
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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

12. Baar Baar

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13 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-1200
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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.  

13. Rubirosa

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235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0500
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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

14. Peasant

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194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-9511
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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.

15. Wayla

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100 Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 206-2500
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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.

16. Khe-Yo

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157 Duane St
New York, NY 10013
(212) 587-1089
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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

17. El Vez

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259 Vesey St
New York, NY 10282
(212) 233-2500
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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]

18. Peter Luger Steak House

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178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 387-7400
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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

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19. Watermark

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78 South St Pier 15
New York, NY 10038
(212) 742-8200
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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.

20. French Louie

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320 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 935-1200
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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.

21. The Fly

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549 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(347) 405-5300
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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

22. Insa

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328 Douglass St
Gowanus, NY 11217
(718) 855-2620
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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

23. Hometown Bar-B-Que

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454 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(347) 294-4644
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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

24. Catfish

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1433 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216
(347) 305-3233
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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.

25. Chuan Tian Xia

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5502 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220
(929) 295-0128
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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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1. Suyo Gastrofusion

14 W 170th St, Bronx, NY 10452

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.

14 W 170th St
Bronx, NY 10452

2. Parm Upper West Side

235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
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.

235 Columbus Ave
New York, NY 10023

3. Boqueria

1460 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075
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).

1460 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10075

4. Favela Grill

33-18 28th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103

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.

33-18 28th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

5. Szechuan Mountain House

3916 Prince St G03, Flushing, NY 11354
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.

3916 Prince St G03
Flushing, NY 11354

6. MáLà Project

41 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036
Read Review |
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.

41 W 46th St
New York, NY 10036

7. Le Pavillon

One Vanderbilt Ave, New York, NY 10017
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.

One Vanderbilt Ave
New York, NY 10017

8. American Brass

2-01 50th Ave, Long Island City, NY 11101

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.

2-01 50th Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

9. Tacombi

30 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

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.

30 W 24th St
New York, NY 10010

10. Chote Nawab

115 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

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.

115 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016

11. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

75 Greenwich Ave, New York, NY 10014
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. 

75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

12. Baar Baar

13 E 1st St, New York, NY 10003

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.  

13 E 1st St
New York, NY 10003

13. Rubirosa

235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

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

235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

14. Peasant

194 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

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.

194 Elizabeth St
New York, NY 10012

15. Wayla

100 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002

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.

100 Forsyth St
New York, NY 10002

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16. Khe-Yo

157 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

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

157 Duane St
New York, NY 10013

17. El Vez

259 Vesey St, New York, NY 10282
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.

259 Vesey St
New York, NY 10282

18. Peter Luger Steak House

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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

178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

19. Watermark

78 South St Pier 15, New York, NY 10038

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.

78 South St Pier 15
New York, NY 10038

20. French Louie

320 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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.

320 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

21. The Fly

549 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238
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.

549 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

22. Insa

328 Douglass St, Gowanus, NY 11217
The long wooden communal tables at Insa Khushbu Shah/Eater

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.

328 Douglass St
Gowanus, NY 11217

23. Hometown Bar-B-Que

454 Van Brunt St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
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Diners queue up at in front of Hometown Bar-B-Que’s American flag mural Nick Solares/Eater

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.

454 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

24. Catfish

1433 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11216

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.

1433 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

25. Chuan Tian Xia

5502 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11220
Chuan Tian Xia Robert Sietsema/Eater

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.

5502 7th Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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