I am a young New Yorker who usually avoids midtown like a plague (especially for dining), but I am in charge of food for a group of about 25 in August for a conference at the New York Hilton. I need a restaurant in the general vicinity of 53rd and 6th that will be able to accommodate a group of this size with either a private room or large seating area. Ideally the food will be yummy and the atmosphere will be fun, but my main concern is cost-- I am working with about $25/person, and hoping to find something either buffet style or prix fixe.
Any suggestions are welcome, even for restaurants outside of midtown. Thank you!!