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Girls night for 8 mid-20 yr olds: Where to eat?

dec132 Feb 11, 2007 01:24 PM

A friend is back from China for one night next saturday. We want to have a fun dinner that is moderately priced to celebrate and start the night off right. We like the atmosphere at places like The Orchard, Stanton Social, etc. Also, would prefer not a sharing place (i.e. no tapas) or ethnic. We are thinking Essex... would this place be fun? Any other recommendations? Please help, we want to make sure she has a blast.

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    piccola RE: dec132 Feb 11, 2007 04:45 PM

    Freeman's, maybe? Or Casablanca Tea Room? (stay away from the mezze if you don't want to share)

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      dec132 RE: piccola Feb 12, 2007 09:14 AM

      Where is the tea room? And anyone else out there want to weigh in?

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        nyufoodie RE: dec132 Feb 12, 2007 11:21 AM

        Freeman's is a cool place...if you can get a reservation which they only accept for parties of 5 and above.

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          piccola RE: dec132 Feb 12, 2007 06:16 PM

          It's in SoHo, don't remember the exact address. But if you google it you can even see pictures of the inside on their website.

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        Sugar RE: dec132 Feb 12, 2007 09:18 AM

        I went to a dinner at Essex with a similar sized group. I found the food to be entirely mediocre. Some of the apps were decent but the drinks and entrees were weak.

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          acpi RE: dec132 Feb 12, 2007 12:25 PM

          One Little West 12th is trendy and fun and full of 20-somethings. There is a sharing portion of the menu, but plenty of other options as well.

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            downtownstefanie RE: dec132 Feb 12, 2007 12:37 PM

            Fig & Olive's meatpacking location would be a good place for a bday. Their menu is reasonably priced and while some of the menu is shareable, plenty is traditional.

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              saloniere RE: dec132 Feb 12, 2007 11:04 PM

              Freeman's is a great suggestion. They are in Freeman Alley - which is off of Rivington, just East of Bowery - not quite Soho.

              Cafe Cluny would also be a fun place - food is good, but not great.

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                dec132 RE: saloniere Feb 13, 2007 09:10 AM

                freemans is a great idea but we go there a lot. I wish there were more places like it in NYC. Fun, young vibe but not arrogant and over-priced!

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                wcgirl RE: dec132 Feb 13, 2007 10:20 AM

                Pastis in the meatpacking is a great place too!

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