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Hip place, Nice Athmosphere, good & affordable food

Hi! H-e-l-p...
Looking to celebrate a birthday this friday...Looking for a place that would have a nice, cool, hip athosphere, with good food and which is affordable. (I know, I want it all). Also, there will be about 12-15 of us, so space, availability or possibility for a reservation last minute is something to consider or may be a concern. We went to SEA (Thai food) in Williamsburg recently and absolutely loved it! So if you've been to Sea and could recommend something similar in NYC, I would greatly appreciate it! Any type of food is really fine, as long as it's not predominantly seafood (birthday girl hates seafood, but loves steak and burgers)
Thank so much! Oh, and if you haven't been to Sea, I recommend it, you will not be disappointed!

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  1. Have you thought of Kin Khao? Also Thai, fun atmosphere, great food and drinks..fun neighborhood too. They have an area that looks like it would accommodate large groups although I don't know if they require prix fix or any other sort of guarantee. Have fun!

      1. Pop Burger is great, drinks are pricey though
        Schillers- but may be tough for 12-15

        1. What about highline.....the food's great, rather moderately priced and a fun pace and area for groups


          1. KLONG on Saint Mark's Place? Also Thai and suppose to be very good.

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            1. re: Liquid Sky

              After I got almost rotten-tasting shrimp from them, I stopped going.

            2. I know exactly what you mean when you talk about SEA ... it has to be one of my favorite places ever! If you're looking for some group trendiness without crazy prices then here are some other suggestions:

              China1 (LES): http://www.china1nyc.com/
              Maru (K-Town): http://www.urbandaddy.com/articles/124
              Parea (Gramercy): http://newyork.citysearch.com/profile...
              Kion (LES): http://www.kionlounge.com/

              Hope this helps!

              1. H-e-l-p...where did you end up & what did you think?
                I'm having a birthday next Sat. and have the same predicament (smaller group)! Schillors would be perfect but I've been there many times, Kion is too empty (not enough buzz).
                Does anyone have other thoughts, particularly Jap's; not too too pricey???

                1. I recently went to a place called Cafetasia in the East Village for a friend's birthday which will now be my recommendation for anyone looking for affordable, fun, and good for groups. The restaurant is made up of a few large tables- think fancy picnic tables with candlesticks to set the mood. It's hard to explain but they do a nice job of making it casual yet upscale. The menu is asian fusion with a wide variety of selections and all at affordable prices. Entrees are about $18 a piece and there are mid sized plates as well for less, in addition to apps. I loved the duck red curry and the pad thai with shrimp. For the price I found the food to be really tasty. Lots of fun drinks as well.

                  Highline is a good rec for this sort of occasion as well.

                  1. Try Sapa or Kittichai...real hip, not crazy expensive.

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                    1. How about Japonais? It's the new place on 18th St., which I've heard is trendy. I've passed by, and the place is enormous! Their website is still under construction, but you can see the menu on Menupages:


                      1. Sapa and PT212, both on 24th Street.