There are some new restaurants putting unique spins on the concept of group dining. Zagat editor Molly Moker filed the following report for NY1.
First, there is Paulaner on the Lower East Side, a German restaurant and brewery.
Fresh off a total remodel, Paulaner serves up Bavarian comfort food with a modern twist.
Family-style dishes include homemade sausage plates and crispy pork knuckle with roasted potatoes. The recipes are ones chef Daniel Kill grew up with in Germany.
"One of our favorite dishes is the whole roasted chicken, which is also good for family-style to serve on these big plates with fresh summer vegetables," says Paulaner chef Daniel Kill.
Of course, no German restaurant is complete without beer. Several German-style brews are crafted right on-site, the most popular being the Hefeweizen.
The dish is definitely better than your average pub fare, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside and very flavorful.
Over in the West Village, there is subterranean Decoy, underneath Chinese restaurant Red Farm, specializes in a prix fixe Peking duck dinner, complete with homemade duck pancakes, appetizers and more.
"There are only a couple of growers of ducks, so a lot of us are starting off with the same ducks. Making a Peking duck is about drying the skin of the duck before you cook it, and then cooking it so the skin comes out very, very crisp," says owner Ed Schoenfeld.
Duck dinners are for parties of two, three or four; otherwise pop in for cocktails and bar snacks, such as the pastrami egg rolls.