The best affordable group dining and meal deals in New York

If you’re having dinner with friends, head to one of the best restaurants in NYC for inexpensive group dining.

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  • Phototgraph: Jakob N. Layman

    Group dining: Brooklyn Star

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    Group dining: 606 R&D

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    Group dining: 606 R&D

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    Group dining: 606 R&D

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Group dining: Sauce

  • Photograph: Marielle Solan

    Group dining: Sauce

  • Photograph: Alex Strada

    Group dining: The Saint Austere

  • Group dining: The Meatball Shop

  • Group dining: The Meatball Shop

  • Photograph: Dominic Perri

    Group dining: The Cardinal

Phototgraph: Jakob N. Layman

Group dining: Brooklyn Star

It can be tough to please a crowd when planning dinner for a large party. Luckily, these seven restaurants in Manhattan in Brooklyn offer affordable group dining, with options that are sure to satisfy everyone in your party.

The Brooklyn Star

  • Rated as: 3/5

Gather your crew around the communal tables at Joaquin Baca’s restaurant on Sunday or Monday for a Southern-style feast. Reserve a spot at least a week in advance for 3 to 25 people, and you’ll get a family-style fried-chicken dinner ($20 per person) featuring buttermilk-brined thighs and breasts and three to five generous sides like skillet-baked cheddar grits and stewed collard greens. When in season, cool watermelon slices end the night on a sweet note.

  1. 593 Lorimer St , (at Conselyea St), 1211
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606 R&D

Every Sunday, this inviting Prospect Heights eatery—complete with a spacious back garden—serves a hearty $20 prix-fixe menu, featuring an appetizer, main course , two sides and dessert. The selections change often: Recently, meals have included lamb sliders to start, followed by crisp-skinned and juicy rotisserie chicken, with baked mac and cheese, and a sweet-and-spicy dressed green salad rounding out the meal. Supper ends with three kinds of house-made cake doughnuts (plain, cinnamon-sugar and powdered sugar), plus tea or Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee.

  1. 606 Vanderbilt Ave, (between Prospect Pl and St. Marks Ave)
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Zabb Elee

  • Rated as: 3/5
  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Impress your spice-loving friends at this Thai spot, a spin-off of the original location in Queens, which focuses on the cuisine of northeast Thailand. Pass around plates like larb—a bright, citrusy salad in different variations such as moo (ground pork, $9) and ped (duck, $11)—and som tum poo plara (papaya salad with pickled fish and crab, $9), all of which can be made as spicy as you like. Servers can also steer the heat-averse toward dishes that are prepared mild, including aromatic noodle soups ($9) and crispy catfish or tilapia with sweet tamarind sauce ($9–$14). Portions are ample and ideal for splitting: Even the heftiest appetites should be sated for around $20.

  1. 75 Second Ave, (between 4th and 5th Sts), 10003
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Sauce

Frank Prisinzano’s (Supper, Lil’ Frankie’s) rustic trattoria showcases freshly made pastas and house-butchered meats in family-style dinners, offered for parties of four or more ($13.95–$19.95 per person). Choose from four options, each served with a lemony, Parmigiano-Reggiano–topped arugula salad. The Neo-ragu features cencioni (a dense oval pasta) with tomato gravy served with a platter of meatballs, sausages and braciola. Hungrier groups should opt for the Big Bologna, which includes grass-fed beef bolognese over pappardelle and your choice of contorni—roasted rosemary potatoes or butter-and-sage yams are a good bet. • (saucerestaurant.com)

  1. 78 Rivington St, (at Allen St), 10002
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The Saint Austere

  • Price band: 1/4

The dishes at this cozy Williamsburg wine bar are intended to be shared, and dining en masse means sampling the menu without breaking the bank—most items come in at under $12. Pull up a stool at one of the bar-height tables for plates like a Caesar-salad-inspired combo of sautéed broccoli rabe, anchovies, Parmigiano-Reggiano and boiled egg ($8), and a spicy-sausage–topped creamy polenta ($10). More substantial grub includes pork belly with white bean puree, spiced pecans and peaches ($10), and pork-and-beef lasagna with fennel seeds ($15). However you divvy it up, you won’t need to spend more than $20 to $25 a person, and the filling fare ensures that no one leaves hungry.

  1. 613 Grand St, (between Lorimer and Leonard Sts), 11211
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The Meatball Shop

Groups of 8 to 24 can stuff themselves on the cheap at the Williamsburg outpost of this popular minichain, the most spacious of its three locations. Reserve one or both of the two banquet-length wooden communal tables, and for $15 a head, you’ll get a family-style spread that includes two meatball choices (spicy pork, chicken, beef or veggie), two sauces (spicy meat, classic tomato, Parmesan cream or mushroom gravy) and three sides (such as mashed potatoes, rigatoni or white beans) for the whole party to share. If your entourage is on the small side, the regular menu is still a bargain—nothing is more than $10 except drinks.

  1. 170 Bedford Ave, (between North 7th and 8th Sts)
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The Cardinal

Group-friendly specials are offered throughout the week at this East Village ’cue joint. On Sundays, $100 gets four to six people a six-pound chuck roast braised with root vegetables and onions, a bottle of wine, and four sides such as fried okra and deviled eggs. Monday through Wednesday, a full rack of St. Louis–style spareribs and a pitcher of beer ($40) will feed two to four. There are also two crowd-size offerings available daily: The President’s BBQ platter (brisket, pulled pork, ribs and hot links; $80) and the bucket of fried chicken ($80) both feed four and include four sides. • (cardinalnyc.com)

  1. 234 E 4th St, (between Aves A and B)
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