Best Restaurants for Group Dining in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

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Decoy
Chinese · West Village · $$$
Food 4.6 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.0

The Peking duck “soars” at this underground West Village Chinese beneath RedFarm, where the “succulent” specialty is the star of “awe-inspiring” prix fixes enhanced by “craveable” sides and “crafty cocktails” ; the “cramped space” has just a single “long” communal table, but there’s also a bar for à la carte eating.
Buddakan
Asian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

“Stunning” decor lends a “dark, sexy” backdrop to the “trendy” scene at Stephen Starr’s Chelsea multilevel “mega room” , a “bigger-than-life experience” where the “energetic” crowd is “blown away” by “flavorful” Asian dishes; just “bring earplugs” and sufficient funds to cover the “splurge.”
Beauty & Essex
Cocktail Bar · Lower East Side · $$$
Food 4.1 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

Behind an “extra-cool” hidden entrance in a pawn shop, this “vibrant” LES resto-lounge draws a “glam crowd” to “splurge” on “imaginative” New American bites in a bi-level space that “truly is a beauty” ; if you “don’t mind a bit of shameless trendiness” (free champagne in the ladies’ room is a “nice touch” ), it “does impress.”
Kang Ho Dong Baekjeong
Korean · Murray Hill · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.4 · Service 4.0

You can “taste the difference” in the “top-notch” meats at this K-town “winner” from a South Korea–based chain, where the “elevated” BBQ is grilled tableside by “efficient” servers; since it’s “so crazy popular” , be ready for “crowded” conditions and a “wait time.”
Mission Chinese Food
Chinese · Lower East Side · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.9 · Service 3.9

“Exciting takes” on Chinese cooking can be found at Danny Bowien’s “hip” LES hang that offers “crazy delicious” Californian Sichuan fare known for its “mouth-tingling” spice; a “cool crowd” fills the “boisterous” digs, where “powerful” cocktails come in handy during the “long waits.”
Union Fare
American · Flatiron · $$$

Stretching out over a whole city block, this Union Square hang offers a wide-ranging American menu with group appeal. The dining and bar areas are abundant with pendant lights and exposed brick, and an adjoining food hall has a variety of stands for casual dining.
Toro
Seafood · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.1 · Service 4.1

“Crazy-creative” small plates and other “awesome” Spanish dishes meet “killer cocktails” at this “sceney” Chelsea “tapas heaven” where “well-informed” staffers preside over a “huge” , industrial-cool space; what’s “vibrant” to some is “deafening” to others, but overall it’s a pretty “amazing experience.”
TAO Uptown
Asian · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

Still “delivering the wow factor” , these “dramatic” Pan-Asians feature “mega-sized” Buddhas anchoring “impressive” , soaring spaces where attractions include “imaginative” food and cocktails and a chance “to be seen” ; count on “pulsing music” and a “vivacious” “scene” that’ll distract from the “high-end” tabs.
Rosa Mexicano
Mexican · East 50s · $$$
Food 4.0 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

You “can’t beat” the “famous tableside guacamole” and “potent” pomegranate margaritas at this “upbeat” chain, a “tried-and-true” source for “sophisticated” Mexican cuisine; tabs run a “bit high” , but the “festive” atmosphere makes for a “fun scene” that’s “especially good” for groups.
Vandal
Spanish · Lower East Side · $$$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.0

Earning an “A+ for creativity” , this “so cool” Lower Eastsider from the Tao Group and chef Chris Santos (Stanton Social) dispenses “elevated” global street fare offered tapas-style amid “stunning” murals (including one by Shepard Fairey); with a “secret entrance” and a downstairs DJ lounge, it’s got “hip” types “obsessed.”