Zaab Elee serves delicious and beautifully plated — though often wildly spicy — Thai food that comes in large portions. It is perfect for sharing with friends. The elegant décor and well-lit dining room provides a relaxing atmosphere for a wonderful dining experience.
75 Second Ave.
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Huge plates of home-cooked American favorites including country-fried steak, meatloaf sandwiches and bacon jalapeño cornbread are the stars of the menu. Order your own meal or, on Sunday and Monday, order a family style dinner for $20 per person. The family feast includes fried chicken with an endless choice of sides.
593 Lorimer St., Brooklyn.
The family-style feasts at Sauce, a traditional Italian restaurant on the Lower East Side, include Italian favorites like chicken parmesan and spaghetti alla chitarra at a prix-fixe price for groups of four or more. The cozy atmosphere can make even the largest of group dinners feel intimate.
78-84 Rivington St.
A traditional Brazilian Riodizio, the elegant Churrascaria offers a delicious and entertaining evening. The salad and appetizer bar is fully stocked, all-you-can-eat meat is served directly at the table and desserts are chosen off a roaming dessert cart.
221 W. Broadway
Despite Carmine’s near legendary status as the go-to dinner place after a Broadway show, the restaurant is still surprisingly easy on a college student’s budget. The Southern Italian cuisine comes in family-style portions meant for sharing with friends, making it easy to sample many of the restaurant’s delicious dishes.
The long wooden tables and live bluegrass music combine to make this Texas-style roadhouse the perfect destination for a fun and casual group outing. Popular menu items at Hill Country include slow-smoked brisket, longhorn cheddar mac ‘n’ cheese, and decadent peanut butter and jelly cupcakes.
30 W. 26th St.
Gather your friends around the pot for a delicious fondue dinner at the French-inspired Taureau. Begin your meal with a creamy cheese blend, move on to hot oil for cooking meats and vegetables, and finish off with a large pot of rich chocolate.
Taureau, 558 Broome St.
This is a traditional hibachi steakhouse where well-trained chefs prepare delicious Japanese cuisine right at the tableside grill. Tricks and jokes are common among the chefs, as they flip shrimp through the air and banter with patrons.
8812 Fourth Ave., Brooklyn.
Communal tables, flat-screen televisions and an extensive rotating list of beers on tap make Amity Hall a great place to grab dinner with friends and watch the game. The menu includes hearty pub favorites, including stuffed burgers, buffalo wings and piping hot spinach and artichoke dip.
80 W. 3rd St.
El Mio Cid
This Brooklyn restaurant serves a wide variety of authentic Spanish tapas, both cold and hot, in addition to a full dinner menu. Grab a group of friends and order a few dishes to share.
50 Starr St.
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