I would like to plan a get-together with a bunch of friends for the beginning of May.
I've looked over the board for other suggestions, but since we're trying to avoid tapas (hrmph, some people apparently have serious aversions to sharing food - plus, the boyfriend and I plan on going to Bar Jamon the next night), I find myself at a loss. I'd also like to avoid Indian or other overly ethnic dining, just because I don't know some of the people in the group and their food preferences.
I was going to make reservations at 'inoteca, but for groups of 10+ (right now, we're at 11) require that you order their tasting menu, which I'd rather avoid.
Location can be anywhere midtown and south. I'd like a place with good food (obviously), and where the alcohol flows. A festive atmosphere would be good too, though I'd like to avoid an overly crowded place where we'll constantly be jostled. Also, I don't want us to have to be bound to a prix fixe/tasting menu. And I need to be able to make reservations, I'm rather anal about that. I've grown quite fond of East Village/LES in recent months, and wouldn't mind finding someplace there.
Last year when we did this, we ended up at Amuse, and it worked quite well, if it did end up being a wee bit expensive just because we drank so much. However, there were also fewer of us (I think around 8). Something at that price point or lower would be best.
Son Cubano looks good, but I've read reports that it's overly pricy for what you receive? I've sadly had to rule Pinxtos, Sala, and 1492 out due my tapas ban. I looked at Schiller's Liquor Bar, but don't know if you can make reservations for groups that big? Boca Chica? I'm open to anyting (within the parameters set), and would love advice.
Thanks so much in advance!