In a city where two-tops and cramped spaces are the norm, finding a table to celebrate with a group of eight, six, or sometimes even just four friends requires some thought. Thankfully, all of the restaurants in this guide fit are for a party whether it’s for a birthday, the holidays, an engagement or “just because we’re together,” and can accommodate groups — some smaller, others larger. Many also focus on dishes that are designed to be shared.
So, whether you prefer to toast at one of the best Indian restaurants in the country, a vegetable-centric stalwart on the Lower East Side, or a Middle Eastern skewer destination with skyline views of Manhattan, you’ll find what you’re looking for here.
A friendly reminder: Making reservations for more than four diners, particularly on the weekends, often requires planning ahead. Many restaurants take reservations one month out, so set a calendar reminder and book your table the day it goes live, or consider a mid-week gathering instead. And don’t forget to use that Notify feature. For larger groups, check out this guide to excellent private dining rooms around the city.