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21 NYC Restaurants Perfect for Big Group Dinners

Please the crowds, whether it’s with pizza pies or a spicy Sichuan feast

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Rotisserie chicken and sides at the Fly
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Finding a restaurant to please a large group can be tricky. Thankfully, there are plenty of places all around the city offering solid options for a group dinner that won’t blow a budget or have very tight menu constrictions. Whether for a birthday, work gathering, baby shower, or graduation, here is a list of restaurants perfect for dining with a group — from Korean barbecue with a karaoke finish to taco- and margarita-fueled feasts.

Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2016.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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.

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2. Boqueria

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1460 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10075
(212) 343-2227
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Tapas really aren't the ideal cuisine for groups, but Boqueria takes the guesswork out of them. For $49 per person (plus tax, tip, and drinks) in groups up to 10 at this location, the table gets a selection of tapas, paella, and churros con chocolate. Any preferences and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. The West 40th location takes up to 12, Flatiron up to 10, and Soho up to 16 people.

3. 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. Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoons, bring live music to the wooded space.

4. 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.

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Lotus roots in a light blue bowl Jean Schwarzwalder/Eater

5. 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 apps 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

6. Grand Central Oyster Bar

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89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017
(212) 490-6650
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Call for a reservation of nearly any size at this NYC icon, where parties gather to sit underneath its tiled arches to enjoy an oyster pan roast and other a la carte seafood dishes. The historic menu offers well over 60 items, including non-seafood ones, so there is sure to be something for everyone in your large group. If there will be drinking, a bottle of wine is the way to go with plenty of options under $60.

Grand Central Oyster Bar’s dining room with high ceiling arches Nick Solares/Eater

7. Tacombi

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30 W 24th St
New York, NY 10010
(212) 242-3491
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All of Tacombi’s seven NYC locations (Empire State Building, Flatiron, Nolita, Bleecker Street, Upper West Side, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene) accept reservations online of up to 10 guests. Diners can choose from tacos like black bean with sweet potato, seared fish with capers, barbecue angus beef, pork belly, Mexican corn with cotija cheese, and more. Meals are filled out with Tacombi's grilled corn, guacamole, and ceviche, which can all be shared. Parties of 10 or more can go prix fixe.

8. 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 a week ahead to guarantee a table for a particularly large group.

9. Mighty Quinn's BBQ

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75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014
(646) 524-7889
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Reservations can be made at the West Village outpost of Mighty Quinn's for parties of up to 10 people via OpenTable. No special menu is required, which means dines 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.

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

10. Porsena

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21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-4923
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Sara Jenkins’ East Village gem is an easy recommendation most nights of the week, as the menu boasts something for everyone. The restaurant that opened in 2010 is serving pasta dishes like pesto orecchiette, tagliatelle with oxtail ragu, and pappardelle with morel mushrooms and brown butter. For groups larger than 10, a prix fixe menu is picked. Online reservations accepted for up to 15 people, and larger parties should call the restaurant.

11. Vic's

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31 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 253-5700
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The Mediterranean restaurant Vic’s in Noho accepts reservations of up to 10 people through Resy, and no fixed menu is required. Parties can feast on options like cacio e pepe, ricotta ravioli, and pepperoni pizza. A few orders of roast chicken here also make for a stellar centerpiece. When making a reservation, try snagging one of the tables by the open kitchen. For parties of 11 or more, email info@vicsnewyork.com.

12. Rubirosa

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235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 965-0500
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Mulberry Street sweetheart Rubirosa offers two different menu options for parties of eight to 20 people. The most affordable of the mix is the $60 per person "Spring Street Menu," which allows diners to pick three appetizers, a pasta, and two pizzas, plus Italian American cookies. For an additional charge, parties can add dessert like zeppoli, cannoli, or whole cakes, including a flourless dark chocolate. Plus: large parties are accommodated in an intimate room that can be private or semi-private depending on party size. Party inquiries should be sent to party@rubirosanyc.com.

13. 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 online reservations for parties as big as 20 people. Start the table off with small plates of green papaya salad and lemongrass chicken sausage. Then, move onto much larger plates like chile prawns, Berkshire spare ribs, pork curry noodles, and wok-seared lobster and noodles. Non-private parties of up to 30 are accommodated, and inquiries should be sent to info@kheyo.com.

14. 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 up group-pleasing Mexican fare in a space that’s colorful and lively. Start a meal off with guacamole and nachos for the table before moving into plates of chicken mole, lamb tacos, chile relleno, and Baja fish tacos. Cocktails include a classic margarita and a blood orange slushy. Note: Reservations can be made for up to 18 people, though semi-private dining and buyouts are an option.

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

15. 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, and some say it’s the best version of a steakhouse in the world, despite recent disputes. The dry-aged porterhouse, which arrives with a sizzle, is the flagship dish, and the bacon and lunch-only burger are famously charming, too. Reservations for up to 10 people are available on Resy.

A porterhouse sliced on a white plate Nick Solares/Eater

16. 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; groups larger than 10 can email megan@frenchlouienyc.com.

17. 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, and potatoes, for $30 per person plus tax and tip. Groups of eight to 16 can email hello@theflybrooklyn.com reserve, and would be well served to pre-order some of the restaurant’s outstanding natural wine.

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

18. 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 downstairs for karaoke after.

The long wooden communal tables at Insa Khushbu Shah/Eater

19. 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, and there’s also often live music to serve as entertainment. Anticipate long lines at peak times.

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

20. 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 duck confit gumbo, and weekday happy hour brings dollar oysters. 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, helped on by a standout absinthe list.

21. 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 new 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 woke. 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. Parm Upper West Side

235 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023
Sandwiches from Parm 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

2. Boqueria

1460 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10075

Tapas really aren't the ideal cuisine for groups, but Boqueria takes the guesswork out of them. For $49 per person (plus tax, tip, and drinks) in groups up to 10 at this location, the table gets a selection of tapas, paella, and churros con chocolate. Any preferences and dietary restrictions can be accommodated. The West 40th location takes up to 12, Flatiron up to 10, and Soho up to 16 people.

1460 2nd Ave
New York, NY 10075

3. 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. Friday and Saturday nights, as well as Sunday afternoons, bring live music to the wooded space.

33-18 28th Ave
Astoria, NY 11103

4. 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

5. 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 apps 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

6. Grand Central Oyster Bar

89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017
Grand Central Oyster Bar’s dining room with high ceiling arches Nick Solares/Eater

Call for a reservation of nearly any size at this NYC icon, where parties gather to sit underneath its tiled arches to enjoy an oyster pan roast and other a la carte seafood dishes. The historic menu offers well over 60 items, including non-seafood ones, so there is sure to be something for everyone in your large group. If there will be drinking, a bottle of wine is the way to go with plenty of options under $60.

89 E 42nd St
New York, NY 10017

7. Tacombi

30 W 24th St, New York, NY 10010

All of Tacombi’s seven NYC locations (Empire State Building, Flatiron, Nolita, Bleecker Street, Upper West Side, Williamsburg, and Fort Greene) accept reservations online of up to 10 guests. Diners can choose from tacos like black bean with sweet potato, seared fish with capers, barbecue angus beef, pork belly, Mexican corn with cotija cheese, and more. Meals are filled out with Tacombi's grilled corn, guacamole, and ceviche, which can all be shared. Parties of 10 or more can go prix fixe.

30 W 24th St
New York, NY 10010

8. 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 a week ahead to guarantee a table for a particularly large group.

115 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016

9. 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

Reservations can be made at the West Village outpost of Mighty Quinn's for parties of up to 10 people via OpenTable. No special menu is required, which means dines 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.

75 Greenwich Ave
New York, NY 10014

10. Porsena

21 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

Sara Jenkins’ East Village gem is an easy recommendation most nights of the week, as the menu boasts something for everyone. The restaurant that opened in 2010 is serving pasta dishes like pesto orecchiette, tagliatelle with oxtail ragu, and pappardelle with morel mushrooms and brown butter. For groups larger than 10, a prix fixe menu is picked. Online reservations accepted for up to 15 people, and larger parties should call the restaurant.

21 E 7th St
New York, NY 10003

11. Vic's

31 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012

The Mediterranean restaurant Vic’s in Noho accepts reservations of up to 10 people through Resy, and no fixed menu is required. Parties can feast on options like cacio e pepe, ricotta ravioli, and pepperoni pizza. A few orders of roast chicken here also make for a stellar centerpiece. When making a reservation, try snagging one of the tables by the open kitchen. For parties of 11 or more, email info@vicsnewyork.com.

31 Great Jones St
New York, NY 10012

12. Rubirosa

235 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012

Mulberry Street sweetheart Rubirosa offers two different menu options for parties of eight to 20 people. The most affordable of the mix is the $60 per person "Spring Street Menu," which allows diners to pick three appetizers, a pasta, and two pizzas, plus Italian American cookies. For an additional charge, parties can add dessert like zeppoli, cannoli, or whole cakes, including a flourless dark chocolate. Plus: large parties are accommodated in an intimate room that can be private or semi-private depending on party size. Party inquiries should be sent to party@rubirosanyc.com.

235 Mulberry St
New York, NY 10012

13. Khe-Yo

157 Duane St, New York, NY 10013

This Laotian restaurant in the thick of Tribeca accepts online reservations for parties as big as 20 people. Start the table off with small plates of green papaya salad and lemongrass chicken sausage. Then, move onto much larger plates like chile prawns, Berkshire spare ribs, pork curry noodles, and wok-seared lobster 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

14. 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 up group-pleasing Mexican fare in a space that’s colorful and lively. Start a meal off with guacamole and nachos for the table before moving into plates of chicken mole, lamb tacos, chile relleno, and Baja fish tacos. Cocktails include a classic margarita and a blood orange slushy. Note: Reservations can be made for up to 18 people, though semi-private dining and buyouts are an option.

259 Vesey St
New York, NY 10282

15. 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, and some say it’s the best version of a steakhouse in the world, despite recent disputes. The dry-aged porterhouse, which arrives with a sizzle, is the flagship dish, and the bacon and lunch-only burger are famously charming, too. Reservations for up to 10 people are available on Resy.

178 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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16. 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; groups larger than 10 can email megan@frenchlouienyc.com.

320 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11201

17. 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, and potatoes, for $30 per person plus tax and tip. Groups of eight to 16 can email hello@theflybrooklyn.com reserve, and would be well served to pre-order some of the restaurant’s outstanding natural wine.

549 Classon Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11238

18. 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 downstairs for karaoke after.

328 Douglass St
Gowanus, NY 11217

19. 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, and there’s also often live music to serve as entertainment. Anticipate long lines at peak times.

454 Van Brunt St
Brooklyn, NY 11231

20. 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 duck confit gumbo, and weekday happy hour brings dollar oysters. 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, helped on by a standout absinthe list.

1433 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11216

21. 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 new 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 woke. 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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