I'm an SF-based Chinese-American hound looking for some decent Chinese dinner grub in Manhattan that I can take my family and my boyfriend's Caucasian family to around Xmas.
My boyfriend's family desperately wants to get an "authentic" Chinese experience. And my Mom desperately wants to present Chinese people as extremely clean people who care about service. (She keeps recommending places in midtown).
Therein lies the rub! Are there any authentic delicious places that can fit 10 people with a reasonably clean atmosphere and decent service?
I'm paying for the whole thing, so I'd prefer a place that wasn't insanely expensive (<$500 total, with a little alcohol). I'm OK with almost any type of Chinese food, but probably prefer Cantonese, Shanghainese, then Fujianese in that order. Good Chinese greens are the only definite thing we must order. Will almost definitely want to avoid fusion.
I've looked up posts on this board and Fuleen and Oriental Garden appeal to me. My friend recommended Chinatown Brasserie, but I don't know if I trust his taste. (He's kind of a picky eater, Caucasian style, as offended as he'd be if he saw that).
Any other recommendations beyond Fuleen and OG? Anything else?
Thank you in advance!