best places for group dining, manhattan

One of the questions I get asked most frequently- where can I take a big group of people? The list below has a wide range of approachable food styles, price points, and can accommodate a large group & the noise that comes with you. 



Contemporary Mediterranean food in a stylish setting.

38 Macdougal St, New York, NY 10012

photo: El Toro Blanco

photo: El Toro Blanco

el toro blanco

Refined Mexican fare like made-to-order guacamole & a long tequila list 

257 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014



Creative Lebanese sharing plates served up in a trendy, modern space.

236 5th Ave, New York, NY 10001

photo:  E ater

photo: Eater


Italian-American classics go gourmet at this hip, diner-inspired space.

250 Vesey St, New York, NY 10281

photo: ny mag

photo: ny mag

OTTO Enoteca e Pizzeria

Bustling, gourmet pizzeria & wine bar from Mario Batali 

1 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

photo:  Thrillist

photo: Thrillist

Famous Sammy's Roumanian Steakhouse

Classic Jewish comfort food & vodka presented in a basement dining room 

157 Chrystie St, New York, NY 10002

photo: Blue Smoke

photo: Blue Smoke

blue smoke

BBQ joint with a deep beer & bourbon list plus a basement live jazz venue.

116 E 27th St, New York, NY 10016

photo: Tasting Table

photo: Tasting Table

Málà Project

Cozy, hip spot featuring Chinese dry pot plus appetizers & dim sum.

122 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

photo: Zagat

photo: Zagat


Funky stop for elevated tacos & other Mexican eats plus sangria.

255 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

photo: eater 

photo: eater 

kang ho dong baekjeong

Table-grilled Korean BBQ, plus noodles & cocktails.

1 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

lure fishbar

Upscale fish restaurant famous for its luxury yachtlike interior & hopping bar scene.

142 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

the breslin

Contemporary, high-end British gastropub in a hip, vintage-inspired space 

16 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

photo:  E ater

photo: Eater

mission chinese

Fiery, innovative takes on Sichuan cuisine.

171 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

photo: NY Times  

photo: NY Times  


Huge, lavishly decorated restaurant offering a menu of Asian dishes & cocktails.

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

photo: frankies 570 Spuntino

photo: frankies 570 Spuntino

frankies 570 Spuntino

Italian eatery specializing in Tuscan fare served in a traditional space.

570 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

photo:   E ater

photo:  Eater

beauty & essex

A pawn shop gives way to a hip restaurant & lounge serving creative American fare 

146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

photo: quality meats

photo: quality meats

quality meats

Steakhouse in a hip, industrial space known for its premium chops 

57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019

photo:  t oro

photo: toro


Tapas specialist for traditional & modern small plates in a lofty, industrial-chic space 

85 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011

photo:  l il' frankie's

photo: lil' frankie's

lil' frankie's

Old-school joint offering wood-fired pizza & other casual Italian eats, plus a full bar.

19 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10003

maison pickle

Retro-chic eatery offering French dip sandwiches, steaks & other American bites 

2315 Broadway, New York, NY 10024


Globally inspired street eats & cocktails in a splashy space with a lower-level lounge & DJs.

199 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

photo:  g ilt

photo: gilt


This colorful cafe with sidewalk seating serves up Latin food, drink & live music.

145 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009


photo:  t he smith

photo: the smith

The smith

Lively place for classic American fare & in spacious digs with a hopping bar.

1150 Broadway, New York, NY 10001