I belong to a Gourmet group. Once every couple of months we get together and make a menu based on the host's theme. The next person in the group can't host and so we've decided to go out to a Chinese restaurant for a banquet. I volunteered to find the restaurant. Problem is I haven't eaten downtown or in Chinatown for years. So I've come to Chowhound for suggestions. I know that San Gabriel is probably the best area but I don't think I can get these folks to drive from the Westside to San Gabriel on Saturday night. Monterey Park would be the furthest.
There will be 10-14 of us. Although I love everything, this is by-and-large a conservative group. Unfortunately, nothing too spicy or exotic. It would be great if:
1. The food was really good.
2. The staff was helpful in setting up a menu.
3. Either they had a separate room or comfortable seating for a group that size.
Your help is very much appreciated!