I'll be visiting Manhattan from Honolulu in a couple weeks, and looking to get together with some old friends over dinner. I'd love some recommendations for a good restaurant for a group of eight adults and two toddlers, somewhere on the west side between Houston and 125th. It should be cheap-ish (entrees under $20). Also, two of the diners are vegetarian so it needs to have something for them. Coming from Hawaii, I'd tend to prefer something other than pacific rim or east asian, because we already get a lot of really great asian and pacific rim cuisine here.
I did a few searches, but I wasn't sure about the price range for a lot of the suggestions, and a lot of people also seemed to be looking for Chinese or specifically pre-theater places. We're also less interested in burger places like Shake Shack. Previous recommendations that looked promising included Otto, Chelsea Ristorante, Keste, and Kefi. Would any of those work?
Or, other ideas? Suggestions? Thank you!