I haven't posted here in a while but thought you might be able to help with this decision. I stupidly waited until the week of to plan a 16-person dinner for my husband's birthday this upcoming Saturday. Naturally, many of our first choice private dining rooms or large tables were already booked. Of our few options, we have narrowed it down to Double Crown or Allen & Delancey.
Space/Table: At Double Crown, we'd have the downstairs sometimes-private dining room, but others may be seated in that room too (which is actually good because otherwise it might be too cavernous of a room for only 16, from what I can tell). At Allen and Delancey, we'd apparently have a long table in the front area - I think this is just like a bar area or something (I have been before but don't remember this space and if a long table would be uncomfortable here).
Food: Both places have set menus for groups of our size, and the pricing is similar. I had dinner at Double Crown a while ago right after it opened, and I didn't feel passionately about the food one way or another (didn't love it but didn't hate it - kind of "eh"). I have had brunch at Allen and Delancey a while ago, and it was pretty good but portions small. However, I don't know if the A&D chef has changed multiple times since that brunch and whether that affects the food.
Given these variables and the short timing, I'd like to hear what you think and which you'd choose. Especially interested in what you think of the differences between the spaces and, of course, which place has better food. As I mentioned, there are many private rooms I would rather have visited (Market Table, Freemans, Spotted Pig, L'Artusi, Blue Hill NYC, DBGB, Maialano are some that I tried), but none are available. A few other options that are available but that we considered and declined for various reasons are Jo's (on Elizabeth) and Hotel Griffou (like the ambiance but too pricey for food that isn't amazing). Feel free to chime in on other possibilities that may be open on such short notice.