My wife is an artist who has an upcoming gallery opening in Chelsea, near 10th Ave and 25th. At her last opening, we squeezed 25 people around a cramped Italian restaurant nearby. Very fun but not so delicious.
For the next opening, we're looking for someplace within walking distance that might have a private space or at least a semi private area for a decently large group. Delicious, fun, casual and lively are the criteria. Any cuisine is fine.
Any Chowhound suggestions? Thanks very much.