I am looking for a restaurant with interesting, delicious food and a fun but casual (or just generic) atmosphere for dinner with a group of 10-15 next Tuesday evening. Cuisines I am considering: ethnic but (slightly) different, i.e. anything Latin (but esp. Brazilian), Chinese (but has to be amazing), Malaysian, Korean, ?? Location: Manhattan, pref. below 23rd but could go to 50th St. NOT PRETENTIOUS OR OVERPRICED :-)
More Details: The restaurant obviously needs to be large, not overbooked, and not wildly expensive ($30-40 per head would be good, $50 a maximum). Food quality is _much_ more important than atmosphere, although I would consider spending at the higher end of the range for something more fun. I was thinking about going back to Churascarria Plataforma on W 46th, where I had a great dinner three years ago, but several invitees don't eat meat, so that seems a bit churlish of me.
I have dutifully scanned the last 300 posts without finding anything tailored to my needs, and couldn't figure out how to search economically on my criteria. So, please, please help me!
(Last year on my 30th birthday I was in SF and had a wonderful time at Zuni, but I can't afford to pick up a substantial chunk of the tab again as I did for nine last year--plus I want something less pretentious this year--but if you go there, don't make the mistake of _not_ having the roast chicken (for two): I can still recall vividly the amazing flavor of one of the best meals I've ever had, and not every meal I've had at Zuni over the last ten years or so has been great).