the restaurant should be vegetarian-friendly, and festive/roomy enough for a group of this size. preferably very good mexican, italian or thai (most veg-friendly cuisines), ideally below 14th street on the east side. moderate pricing (~$20 entrees or less) b/c some of his friends are concerned with $$.
i know it's late to expect any good tables, but i was originally thinking of la esquina, dos caminos (on park, already have bkd since it's his fave restaurant), or barrio chino for mex (also considered mercadito, la palapa - but i haven't been to either). for italian.. apizz (but pricey?), supper (haven't been), ...
also kinda out there, but a place i'm personally interested in trying - broadway east.. the new vegetarian-ish restaurant on the border of chinatown/LES..
any other ideas/input on current options would be MUCH appreciated!
thanks in advance :)