A friend from NYC living in Kenya is having a marriage celebration here in October and charged me with finding a place for a dinner for family, local and from out-of-town. It's a party of 14 on a Saturday evening and the couple has a number of (reasonable) preferences:
"Great food (French, Italian, generic Euro or American), not too fussy or fancy—just really tasty, straightforward food with a range of dishes to choose from, in warm/happy/festive atmosphere with friendly service where we won’t be rushed and where it's quiet enough for conversation. And a good wine list."
The other parameters they listed are these:
They don't want a set menu, but for people to order individually.
They prefer a setup that -- unlike one long table or one giant round one -- permits people to talk to more than just the two people on either side of them.
Their budget allows for $100 per person (including appetizer, entree, dessert; drink; tax).
The party of 14 includes 2 or 3 vegetarians, 2 non-drinkers, and one person with some limited mobility, so reasonably accessible entry and toilet are helpful.
On the basis of my perusal of earlier postings seeking suggestions for large groups, I have queries out to Jane, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Gramercy Tavern, but I have a feeling there are some small, simple neighborhood gems I should be considering. Grateful for all suggestions!
(Groom's family nixes Asian food of any variety, alas.)