I'm just starting my research for a place to hold a July family event for a group of 25 or so. It would be a multigenerational Saturday party, noon - 3pm, in a private space where people could circulate and then sit down for lunch. I'm imagining a 3 course menu with 3 choices of entree and 1-2 choices for appetizers and desserts.
Looking for an inviting room (window a plus) with a fun and not too formal atmosphere. Food should also be fun, hopefully delicious and not overly fussy. It's a family celebration rather than a gourmet gathering.
Off the top of my head, I'm looking at Original Joes on Washington Square where the private rooms are retro cool. Food is not gourmet but is solid if you have some nostalgia for 50's Italian-American style. Atmosphere is lively and the location is great.
Any Chowhound suggestions as to places we should consider?