Restaurant for bride + 7 friends
I am looking for a restaurant for a small get together for a friend - our party will be 8 women, 25-28 years old for dinner and drinks - we are NOT looking for the cheesy bachelorette stand-bys.
I am looking for somewhere with a fun atmosphere - somewhere that you wouldn't just go on any night of the week, but also isn't a fortune.
I would also be interested if anyone knows of any places that offer a price fixe on Saturday night (not including drinks, of course).
We are open to any neighborhood and would prefer American, Italian, sushi, or tapas, but open to other suggestions.
Suggestions greatly appreciated!
I recently got together with 4 of my childhood friends at Rosa Mexicano in Union Square (18th Street). We've known each other for over 30 years, but only actually all get together every few years due to where everyone lives.
Anyway, it worked out great. The place is festive, drinks are great, as is the food. Although I chose the place (because it's near my apartment), I was a little concerned that it might be too loud to actually have a conversation amongst 5 people. It was not too loud, in fact, the overall vibe was perfect for this occasion. Also, I had heard mixed reviews of the food lately on CH, but we all thought that the food was excellent. I could have eaten mounds of that guacamole (actually I did eat mounds of it!).
Including several rounds of margaritas, it was $75 per person.
There are many people that don't like Otto on this board, but I took a group of girls in the same age range there for a bachelorette party (i'm the older sister of the bride), and everyone loved it (and there were a few picky eaters in the group). They can choose from veggie small plates, cured meats, pizzas and pastas that are all reasonably priced, as well as good desserts. The wine list is also very reasonable. It is a very loud place, which may not be good in some situations, but was perfect for our festive group.
While I've never been, I have a friend who just had a similar party/get together at Stanton Social Club and had an excellent time.
I'm not from NYC but its on my list of places to visit next time I'm in town. Seems perfect for what you are looking for...although I don't think they have a price fixe menu. But they have a bunch of small plates so you all can order a bunch of their funky menu items and share.
Not sure exactly what you mean by "somewhere that you wouldn't just go on any night of the week" since we go to all kinds of restaurants no matter the day. Also, it would be helpful to know what your idea of a "fun" atmosphere is. That said, here are some possibilities.
Amalia, on 55th St., b/t B'way & 7th Av., serves delicious Mediterrean cuisine. Friendly staff and efficient service. It's a large place (converted carriage house) with a bar area in front, dining areas at the rear, and rooms downstairs. Very jazzy, hip decor.
Compass, on 70th St., b/t Amsterdam & West End Avs., is a bit upscale (though hardly in Per Se territory). Excellent New American cuisine. In addition to the a la carte menu, they offer a 3-course prix-fixe for $35. Another large restaurant -- dining room on two levels, a lounge area, and private rooms -- with very attractive, stylish contemporary decor.
Cibo, on the corner of 2nd Av. & 41st St., serves very good Tuscan/New American cuisine. They have a 3-course dinner prix-fixe with lots of choices for $29.95. Very nice atmospherics.
Maya, on 1st Av., b/t 64th & 65th Sts., serves delicious modern Mexican cuisine. Pleasant decor and an upbeat vibe.
Pampano, on 49th St., b/t 2nd & 3rd Avs., is Maya's sister restaurant. The emphasis there is on creative fish and seafood dishes. The overall decor is more sophisticated than at Maya. There is also a terrific outdoor terrace on the second floor.
Btw, both serve sensational guacamole.
Best wishes to the bride-to-be. Hope you have a great time and Bon Appetit!