So, I used to be great at these things, but I haven't lived in New York for several years now. Of course, family and friends still put me in charge of planning!
I'm looking for a place where I can get together with 12-15 friends on a Saturday night (about a month from now). It can be a bar that serves food, just a bar, an affordable restaurant (entrees around $20-25?), or something in between - I'm not set on the type of venue. Either somewhere that takes reservations, will let me reserve a table/area, or somewhere that won't be absurdly crowded.
I'm also pretty open on location - people will be coming from all over (Astoria, Williamsburg, UES, UWS) - So I guess somewhere around Union Square / Chelsea / Gramercy / East Village/ West Village would work for most people.
This is absurdly vague, I know. I'm just looking for a casual place to catch up with friends while not stressing out myself or anyone else.
Would love any ideas. Thanks in advance.