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ellyel Oct 14, 2006 06:26 AM

Hi all,
My 28th birthday is coming up and I need to find a spot!
The details:
*Cuisine: I'm pretty much up for anything tasty, but needs to have both meat and veggie stuff to keep everyone satisfied. And desserts and a nice wine/port selection wouldn't hurt, either. :)
*Group size: 10 at most
*Price range: Well, here is the hard part...Average entree price really can't go above $15/person. Lower if possible. But still good quality. Some of us are non-profit strugglers while others are not so struggling - I just want to make sure that everyone is comfy.
*If possible, I would also prefer to be around a few good, not stuffy bars. Example of the kind of atmosphere I dig: Barrow St. Ale House, Belgian Room
*Location: Anyplace below 14th St. or Brooklyn (Park Slope, Williamsburg, Bay Ridge).

I had my birthday at Cafe Mogador last year, which was perfect, so I would say a place that is similar-ish. Great vibe, not stuffy, quality food, priced for everyone.

And thanks in advance for y'alls sugestions!

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  1. MMRuth RE: ellyel Oct 14, 2006 03:23 PM

    For Brooklyn locales - you might want to post on the Outer Boroughs board as well.

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      ellyel RE: MMRuth Oct 14, 2006 07:24 PM

      Thanks, MMRuth!

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      RGR RE: ellyel Oct 14, 2006 11:13 PM

      Since you liked Mogador, how about Zerza? I've never been, but there are generally positive reports about the food, and it's a popular place for parties. Looking at the menu on their website, the main course prices seem to fit your budget.

      http://www.zerza.com/

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        billyeats RE: ellyel Oct 15, 2006 12:13 AM

        I think the group table near the bar at Frank would be a blast for a birthday group outing. Quality Italian food at prices within your budget. Of course, it'd be quite noisy but appears to be a lot of fun and you can't go wrong with the food.

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          Katherine H RE: ellyel Oct 15, 2006 12:27 AM

          I think Da Andrea in the West Village might fit the bill. It's small, but has a very friendly atmosphere, and I think they might be able to accommodate your group. Very reasonably-priced wine, too.

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            ellyel RE: ellyel Oct 15, 2006 02:35 AM

            Thanks all! I'll definitely be "test driving" these places (some people will be from out of town...I just want to make sure everyone is happy.)!

            Keep those suggestions coming! :)

            Thanks so very much!

            1. fat parish RE: ellyel Oct 15, 2006 05:55 AM

              See if Supper will let you reserve the downstairs large table. They did this for my b-day last year and everyone LOVED it. Same owner as Frank, and a little less chaotic.

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                Gordognyc RE: ellyel Oct 15, 2006 12:59 PM

                Danal, a French Bistro on 10th street off 3rd, has a really great back room with a rustic ambience and a table that seats 10. The menu prices should be right in your price range (I think). It is a terrific place for a group and is walking distance from the bar scene on st. marks and 2nd avenue.

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