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Birthday dinner for 8, Union Sq., Village, ?

KeikoT Mar 26, 2007 08:30 AM

Celebrating my 27th birthday and would like to go out for dinner with 8 friends to a nice restaurant. Food - any: asian, american, french, italian. Ambience - lively, not too sophisticated or stuffy. Location - somewhere we can go after dinner walking distance for cocktails and drinks at a lounge or bar. Please suggest some great restaurants or lounge / bar that would make this a fun and memorable night for all! Thanks in advance.

  1. erin07nyc Mar 26, 2007 08:35 AM

    Agave on 7th Ave in the village sounds like it would work for you. Delicious, reasonably priced tex-mex with great drinks.

    Alta on w10th / 6th Ave would also be delicious, but more expensive. The small, shared plates work great for a party, and the sangria is outstanding. You could do the "order the whole menu" for a set price... I think you'd pay ~$300 (or less) for more than enough food.

    You'll get more recommendations if you make your request more specific. You seem open to a lot of different food... maybe you could give us a price point per person.

    1. ChefJune Mar 26, 2007 08:38 AM

      Beacon nas great American food, and will go out of their way to celebrate your birthday if you let them know... It's on 56th between 5th and 6th...

      Afterwards, there's a great cigar bar called the Carnegie Club on 56th just East of 7th. They have a great vibe and wonderful cocktails.

      And have a halppy birthday!

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      1. re: ChefJune
        KeikoT Mar 27, 2007 04:20 PM

        Hi Chef June, any suggestions for must have dishes at Beacon?

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        bobby06877 Mar 26, 2007 08:39 AM

        Crispo, on 14th street between 7th and 8th, has a separate room for large parties. They usually will tell you it is for parties of 10-12 but I have been there several times with a party of 7-8 and they have always given me the room. It is a lively atmosphere and it is on the edge of the Meatpacking District so there are plenty of clubs and bars in the area. I also like Otto for larger groups. It is also a very fun atmosphere with plenty of bars within walking distance. Happy birthday!

        1. ronoc Mar 26, 2007 09:12 AM

          Jane (American) or Kin Khao (Thai) then onto Pegu Club (expensive) or the Dove (less so). All on or near Houston St.

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          1. re: ronoc
            KeikoT Mar 26, 2007 09:59 PM

            Thanks so much for the suggestions everyone! Agave seems great because I know they will have great drinks, and I'll definitely hit up Alta sometime soon since I love tapas and sangria - but not sure if the birthday bunch would appreciate as much. I'm thinking Beacon and Crispo are both very viable options. If I went with Beacon, are there any specials you recommend? I love Jane, btw, for brunch and really enjoy Pegu Club - too many nights spent drinking at Pegu (since my office is in SoHo). Really appreciate the feedback! I love chowhound. :)

            1. re: KeikoT
              LFeinberg Mar 27, 2007 11:02 AM

              Good choice!! Make sure you try the frozen prickly-pear & pomegranite margarita!!! Enjoy...

              1. re: LFeinberg
                LFeinberg Mar 27, 2007 11:15 AM

                And some more menu rec's: spinach and crab dip, guac, chilaquiles, santa fe shepard's pie, onion rings and cheesecake w/ guava sauce.

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            maxine Mar 27, 2007 10:57 AM

            I had a birthday party at Dip in Murry Hill. It was a fun place to have drinks and yummy fondu.

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            1. re: maxine
              jsmitty Mar 27, 2007 04:39 PM

              olives in union square w hotel

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