Hey all -
Any ideas for a good but inexpensive, casual, family-style rehearsal dinnerish sorta place in Manhattan at the end of March? Somewhere near a subway stop and preferably near Tribeca (where the festivities will happen) or lower- or mid-town?
In actuality, it won't be a rehearsal dinner, but dinner right after a civil ceremony at the courthouse downtown - the big Chowhound-quality feast happens at a much nicer restaurant reception a couple days later.
My stepdad has offered to foot the bill for a group of what's looking like roughly 15-25 people, many of whom will be here on their first trip to NYC. The tough angle here is that he and Mom are retirees that live down south and are frequently sticker-shocked by even the lesser-priced places we've taken them to around town, so price unfortunately is an issue (and of course I can't get them pinned down on giving up an actual per-person limit they'd be comfortable paying, although I'm willing to help out above whatever it'd be).
Suggestions we've gotten so far from friends have been the usual suspects like Carmine's (uptown), Virgil's, John's Pizzeria, and finding a place somewhere in Chinatown; I've heard a lot of good about Congee Village here and elsewhere and am more partial to that myself, but am not sure if the less-adventurous out-of-towners in the party would be up for it.
Any other ideas y'all can offer for a place that would offer up something memorable but reasonable for everyone?