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Grub Street: The Best NYC Restaurants for Groups

February 9, 2016

Grub Street

Toro (Chelsea)
Group Options: A family-style tapas menu for the chef’s table. The chef’s table starts at $85 per guest, plus tax and tip. Beverage packages are available as well. A large private space is available and required for groups over 16.
While some of the city’s finer tapas restaurants are the size of sardine cans, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonnette’s restaurant is gargantuan. The huge space makes it easier for groups to get in, and there’s a private space for those interested, but parties of 8 to 16 can reserve the chef’s table, which enjoys a secluded perch near the kitchen, where guests can order any paellas and the dry-aged rib-eye in addition to the set menu. Batch cocktails are also available.”

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