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17th Birthday Suggestions

Any ideas for a 17th birthday celebration? I need a restaurant that can accomodate a group of 12 16-17 year olds, is about $30 per person (which doesn't need to cover alcohol since they are underage) and is festive and maybe a little trendy. They don't want to go to any chain restaurants like Hard Rock or Planet Hollywood.

Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  1. Ruby Foos upper west side location.

      1. Do you think Rosa Mexicano is doable at $30 pp? Is it a fun place?

        Any other suggestions of Mexican restaurants that would be fun for 17 year olds?

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        1. re: valmar

          We went with a large group and got the guac for the table and everyone got an entree. It ended up being $50 a person with tax and tip. That being said everyone also had at least 2 margaritas, maybe more, so if you don't have the alcohol I think it would be right around $30 a person.

        2. Cowgirl in the west village would be perfect. Good food, fun atmosphere and the usual dessert with bad singing of Happy Birthday gets taken to a new level. Definitely would stay under $30

          1. Take them to Lucky Chengs. They would have a blast!!

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            1. re: bakedbeans

              there's many 16-17 yr olds that would be freaked out by Lucky. Also, their food is pretty bad and overpriced. And they are known for poor service.

              1. re: downtownstefanie

                i agree about lucky chengs. my daughter has been to a couple of parties at lips and lucky chengs. i don't think she and her friends were freaked out, but they definitely don't want to do it again.