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My mom's 55th birthday is in a month, and I am trying to think of someplace fun and trendy/hip with great food to go as a surprise.

My parents and their friends are very young 50-somethings- we joke that they are cooler than all the 20-something kids.

I tried to get a reservation for Stanton Social, but they are all booked. Also thought of Buddakan, but they went there last weekend, plus were not impressed by the food, although they liked the scene.

Any other ideas on the same general level as these? Fun, trendy, good food?

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  1. oh also, just as another restaurant to give an idea of what type of place: last year the birthday dinner was at davidburke and donatella

    1. You might want to try Buddha Bar or Babbo. My parents are very young for their age also and love to eat at a lot of trendy restaurants in the city! Babbo is going to be hard to get a reservation for a prime hour. Buddha bar might not be so bad though!

      1. I WAS GOING TO SUGGEST BURKE AND DONATELLA. WE ARE IN THAT AGE GROUP AND LOVE ALL THE FUN PLACES....... WE WENT TO DEL POSTO LAST WEEK AND LOVED IT. THE SPACE IS BEAUTIFUL, WE ENJOYED THE FOOD AND THE PIANO PLAYING IN THE BACKGROUND ADDED A TOUCH OF ROMANCE.

        1. Asia De Cuba, Kittichai...I've only been inside Ono for drinks, but it's beautiful there...Feel lucky you avoided the Stanton Social. ASPEN has great atmosphere, and the food to back it up. That's probably the most perfect place...

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          1. re: ACknowsStyle

            I was also going to suggest Asia de Cuba and Kittichai.....

          2. Skip Kittichai, small portions, poor service and average food.

            1. what about Chinatown Brasserie on Lafayette? Their dim sum is soooo good, the space is fun and the crowd is trendy.

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              1. re: kiworan79

                Great cocktails, too. The place is expensive but gives good value for the price.

              2. public or wd-50

                1. what about Mai House or Alta

                  1. Sapa

                    1. Asia de Cuba, TAO, and the always terrific China Grill are great - my mom LOVES china grill!!!

                      1. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the help. Due to the large size of our group, I had the WORST time finding a place that could take us at any time other than 5:30 or 11:30! Probably called about 25-35 places in the city, including most of the ones you all suggested!

                        We ended up getting a reservation at Tao, which my mom really likes anyway. Her friends had never been there, so it was fun for them as well. Had a great meal- lots of good food and fun. Kobe beef, as usual, wowed everyone. Sea bass was my favorite [I don't eat meat]. Topped it all off with a huge dessert sampler and many bottles of wine!

                        Overall, a very successful surprise dinner!