I need your help. I'm planning a raucous night of eating and toasting to celebrate my 30th bday, and I need a venue, preferably in Brooklyn. The idea is to have free-flowing platters of food and pitchers/bottles of drink. And it needs to accommodate a large group, say 20 or more.
My two general ideas thus far: Russian in Brighton Beach or Brazilian BBQ (I'm familiar with Newark's options, but an NYC location would be much preferred). But I'm open to just about anything that's festive, big enough, and reasonably priced. Any suggestions?
Here's the deal on price: each invitee will be paying his/her own way, and I don't want the cost to turn off those who otherwise might want to come. To help frame the discussion, $50 pp all-in seems like a reasonable high water mark, but I'm willing to entertain all ideas.
(Note: the Brazilian BBQ places in Manhattan I know about, e.g. Plataforma, are too expensive.)