Theotherworldly, thanks for these great recommendations! Definitely one of the better posts on where to eat in London that I've ever seen. I may come back and bother you with more questions once I've sorted out where I'm actually living :).
Chicken breast! Yes it sounds kind of boring but I was amazed at how much better my cast iron skillet made plain chicken breast have a great texture and stay moist.
50 to 60 people sounds like a lot to me, but consider Sri Pra Phai in Woodside Queens. If it's still warm out, their garden would probably be ideal for your group. The food is excellent, hands down the best Thai I have ever had. What's nice is that it's got stuff for more adventurous types, but also has the usual standbys that appeal to people who like "safer" Asian foods. You can usually adjust spice levels as well. Can't tell you what the prices would be for a big event like that but I know when I go to eat there with my friends, we typically order mountains of food and drinks and can typically get out the door with leftovers for $20-$25 a head.
Wow, that sounds wonderful. Thanks!
Thanks everyone! All good suggestions.
Lime coconut walnut bars and cherry tartlets.
In an ammatriciana!
Try East Harlem. West Harlem and Washington Heights is more Dominican though if that interests you too.
Please check your privilege, Ronnieshapley. You're being needlessly offensive. Dregs of the city? They're people - you know, human beings? It's too bad that the presence of people of color seems to turn you off your brunch, but you are indeed missing out on a fascinating and under-appreciated part of the city.
I know you say that you prefer downtown, but I cannot recommend Covo Trattoria, at 12th Avenue and 135th Street, highly enough.
They have amazing pastas, appetizers and salads, as well as the most authentic wood-fired Italian pizza I have tried in New York so far besides La Forcella. My boyfriend and I live in Harlem and have been there at least 10 times - everything we've tried has been delicious, and we always take guests and family to impress them. The service is great and the prices are very reasonable (I believe it's about $12 for the pizzas).
I recently walked in at 8:15 on a Friday night and we were seated immediately - it gets lively and full of people, but it's a big space so you should have no problem getting a table!
I agree with the others that you should make something you're comfortable with, know well, and that reflects "you" and your background, but, since it sounds like you did want advice, I personally think that pasta with one interesting/slightly rare ingredient is a good way to go. I'd personally vote for an ammatriciana: guanciale, tomatoes, pecorino cheese and olive oil. This way you get to show off how unique/sophisticated your taste in food is, but can still probably count on the person liking the meal even if he's not a foodie at all.
Wow, thanks, all. I didn't expect so many comments, but I'm glad to see that most people are saying a cheaper pan is still okay! I will definitely go with a Lodge, and take into account the idea of getting an un-seasoned model. Thanks!
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