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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.

            2. 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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              1. re: RGR

                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!

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

                1. 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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                  1. re: Bugswife

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

                    1. re: valmar

                      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.

                      1. re: Bugswife

                        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.

                    1. re: bakedbeans

                      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.

                      1. re: jenniebnyc

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

                        1. re: valmar

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

                          1. re: jenniebnyc

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

                            1. re: valmar

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

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

                      1. 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!

                        1. 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.

                          1. 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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                            1. re: GurglingStomach

                              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.

                            2. 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.