Your Personal Concierge
Restaurants That Are Perfect for Large Groups
Whether you’re having a business lunch with several colleagues or an intimate dinner with 10 of your closest friends, New York City boasts several restaurants that are perfect for large groups. Jennifer Temen, who works for Luxury Attaché and serves as the Lifestyle Attaché at the Google Building, suggests an outing to the Italian eatery Bacaro in Chinatown. “The space is very fun with an elegant twist,” Temen says. Private dining rooms are located in the cellar and a $50 per person pre fixe menu is available for groups of eight or more. “The restaurant’s standouts are the pork shank, panna cotta and Venetian spritz—ask for campari instead of aperol,” she says. For a hands-on dining experience, try My Cooking Party—a New York City-based culinary company that stages hands-on corporate team building events and private cooking classes. The company has several locations throughout the city and for roughly $150 per person they will plan a very unique dining experience for you, including a half-hour cocktail reception followed by one of two options. The three-course dinner cooking lesson is followed by an elegant dinner where you eat the meal. “They even teach you about fun table settings and how to set up a dinner party,” Temen adds. The second option, Battle of the Bites, “is great for those who don’t want to sit through an hour-and-a-half of cooking.” With this choice, your group is divided into two and several ingredients are thrown onto a table. Folks from My Cooking Party randomly pick one person from each team to pick six ingredients from the table. Each team has to make an appetizer with those six ingredients and then the top chef judges the creations. This fun little competition is followed by a catered, three-course dinner. The West Village’s Bell Book and Candle is all about herbs and even boasts a private Aeroponic Garden where they grow their own produce. “A fun night for a group is to start on the roof picking your own vegetables for dinner—while grabbing mint leaves for the Perfect Mojito, of course,” Temen says. A Chef’s Tasting at the Chef’s Table, which overlooks the kitchen, while you watch the restaurant’s chef, John Mooney, in action, follows this activity. “The Wine Room at LÁrtusi is one of my favorite places in the city to send a large group,” Temen says. “This is a West Village favorite, but most diners don’t know about their beautiful private spaces.” The Wine Room seats 16 guests and serves a family style menu, with such standouts as roasted mushrooms, chicken and spaghetti. “Chef Gabe Thompson definitely has the magic touch with those mushrooms,” she says.