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17th Birthday Suggestions

valmar Feb 4, 2007 06:59 PM

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. jenniebnyc RE: valmar Feb 4, 2007 07:05 PM

    Ruby Foos upper west side location.

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      roze RE: valmar Feb 4, 2007 08:12 PM

      rosa mexicaon?

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        valmar RE: valmar Feb 5, 2007 05:35 AM

        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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          roze RE: valmar Feb 5, 2007 10:50 AM

          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.

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          downtownstefanie RE: valmar Feb 5, 2007 05:43 AM

          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. bakedbeans RE: valmar Feb 5, 2007 07:16 AM

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

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              downtownstefanie RE: bakedbeans Feb 5, 2007 08:29 AM

              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.

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                valmar RE: downtownstefanie Feb 5, 2007 09:11 AM

                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.

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              RGR RE: valmar Feb 5, 2007 09:38 AM

              Otto is a good choice for a group. I'm not sure if it's considered trendy, but it is always on the radar because it's a Batali restaurant. While the sample group menu on their website has a $40 price, you could see if they can put together a menu that would fit your budget.


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                NiKoLe1625 RE: RGR Feb 5, 2007 07:13 PM

                i would definitely agree with Otto. Its very trendy. The pizza is great, and the ice cream is even better! Might get a BIT pricey, but im really not sure what they would charge for a large party!

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                haleyjen RE: valmar Feb 5, 2007 10:40 AM

                I saw a group that age at Schiller's the other week, they seemed to be having a good time.

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                  Bugswife RE: valmar Feb 5, 2007 11:12 AM

                  Otto's Enotecca, Dos Caminos, Rosa Mexicano, Cowgirl, Ruby Foo--all of these that have been suggested fit the bill.
                  I would also like to suggest the upstairs private area at Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Guy on Broadway and 13th.

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                    valmar RE: Bugswife Feb 5, 2007 06:56 PM

                    I love all of the suggestions, but am intrigued by Max Brenner. The desserts look amazing, but any idea how the food is?

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                      Bugswife RE: valmar Feb 6, 2007 06:39 AM

                      Food apparently is 'ok to good'. It is probably fine for a group of 17 year olds who are happy with burgers and stuff. And, whatever issues they have with food, they more than make up for with dessert. I get the impression that the food is basic fair and nothing more. I think it is a great place for a birthday party.

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                        maxine RE: Bugswife Feb 6, 2007 06:47 AM

                        The regular food is not very good at all. I find the place annoying in a Disnyesque sort of way, and touresty. But a private room might not be so bad. It could be good for 17 year olds. The chocolate can be great. I love the double chocolate cookies and I've heard that the fondu is great.

                  2. bakedbeans RE: valmar Feb 6, 2007 07:04 AM

                    Go with Ruby Foos

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                      jenniebnyc RE: bakedbeans Feb 6, 2007 07:29 AM

                      Ruby Foos (or Tao if you are willing to pay the extra money) would thrill any 17 year old. Actually, I would check out Citrus (UWS) too. This is a pretty cool place and in your budget.

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                        valmar RE: jenniebnyc Feb 6, 2007 03:15 PM

                        Thanks!! I made reservations at Citrus. They have a really nice 3 course prix fixe for $34 pp. My daughter is so excited!!!

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                          jenniebnyc RE: valmar Feb 6, 2007 04:14 PM

                          That's great. I hope you all have a great b-day celebration !! Report back.

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                            valmar RE: jenniebnyc Feb 11, 2007 07:05 PM

                            The party was last night and they all loved it. They said that the food was great and they loved the atmosphere. Thanks again!!

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                              jenniebnyc RE: valmar Feb 12, 2007 09:49 AM

                              Glad to hear everything worked out for the best and the b-day girl had a good time!!!

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                      hoon RE: valmar Feb 6, 2007 04:21 PM

                      carmines or tony's di napoli might be good choices. family style italian places with lots of energy.

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                        billyeats RE: valmar Feb 6, 2007 04:31 PM

                        certainly not trendy, but how about dinosaur bbq? it's way, way uptown but is pretty damn good bbq which is what i wanted when i was 17. it's also great for groups. of course, i was in no way cool or hip at 17 so take it for what it's worth!

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                          vatl619 RE: valmar Feb 8, 2007 02:54 PM

                          Citrus is a great choice. Food is good, atmosphere is fun and festive.

                          If you are looking for a really tasty, festive, reasonably priced off the radar Mexican try Ranchos on ....Amsterdam and maybe 90th? All through college, my friends and I used to go every few weeks. We loved it, and never understood how it didnt get more popular.

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                            GurglingStomach RE: valmar Feb 8, 2007 07:13 PM

                            I think teenagers would have a real good kick from Dallas BBQ. HUGE portions that will dilate their pupils and just be good cause for fun conversations.


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                              jenniebnyc RE: GurglingStomach Feb 8, 2007 08:18 PM

                              come on..... this place is nowhere near trendy...even a little trendy. huge portions of pretty disgusting food. burgers and that onion loaf are about as far as i will go here. and that was about two years ago. ribs are gross. sorry, but this is my opinion of the place.

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                              NYCnowLA RE: valmar Feb 11, 2007 10:59 PM

                              my niece and a group of her friends celebrated a birthday in the lounge of Chinatown Brasserie. They have a limited menu in the lounge and they all had a great time.

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