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Recs for Celebration Dinner for Group in E. Village or LES?

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I used to live in this area but all my old favs that I can think of would be too cramped for a group and/or not celebratory enough. I'm absolutely stumped for where to go.

Here's what I'm looking for:
1. where I can get a reservation for this Friday for a group of more than 5 but less than 10 people (must be able to make a reservation!)
2. fun, really fun, but affordable dinner... we'd probably share some apps and I'd say $15-20 entree. Shared plates would also be fun too.
3. we're a group that likes to drink, so great cocktails
4. food, of course, is a priority, but also something with a lively and fun atmosphere. Any cuisine except japanese/sushi.

I was thinking maybe Stanton Social, Mermaid Inn, Suba, something Orchard-esque (but from what I've heard that might be crowded for a group). Any input on those or other recs are GREATLY appreciated!

Thanks!

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  1. I'm not sure why The Orchard would be crowded for a group, but if you're looking for Orchard-esque (and you're willing to eat at that price level), Peasant or Apizz (same owner) are great bets.

    1. If anyone can provide a previous thread with similar requirements that would be great too!

      1. Stanton Social might fit your bill, especially everything is really fun to share.