And just to throw in another variable, veggie-friendly.
I know there are tons of posts for group dining, but I haven't found what I'm looking for yet. The detailed parameters:
Cheap = entrées around $10, small plates around $5
Downtown = let's keep this really broad and say below Penn Station
Asian = the whole continent, not just Chinese or Japanese
Group = 10 to 12 people for dinner, will make reservations
Veggie-friendly = more than one vegetarian option (or possibility to modify non-veg dishes)
Ideally, it would also have a fun ambiance, but let's start with the basics.
Some of the possibilities I came across in my search are Klong, Lovely Day, Cafetasia, Gobo, Surya. Feel free to weigh in on those in between suggestions.