Thought I had the perfect place for my birthday but...
I am trying to find the perfect place to celebrate my 24th birthday. I had wanted to go to the Casablanca Tea Room in Soho as I read a lot of good things about that place and the room looked awesome and it sounds really different and fun. However.. it just closed down! So now I have to think of somewhere else and I would love any suggestions you can offer. There will be a group of 8-9 of us. I really want somewhere that has a good selection of appetizers/ tapas but also a full menu. I think 50 bucks a person would be around what I am looking for. I would really love somewhere around the west village, soho, or meat packing but I'm open to anything. Last year I went to Havana Alma de Cuba and loved it, but I would like to try something new and a little different so maybe not cuban/spanish food..however.i'm not absolutly opposed to it as I really enjoy that type of cuisine. I really want nice/different atmosphere and I love music all kinds so it be great if you could suggest any place that might have live..but that's not a must have. The 3 most important things to me are the food, the atmosphere and the service.. okay i need to stop rambling on now.. Thanks in advance for your suggestions :)
I know it's recommended a lot on this board but I recently went to Stanton Social Club in the LES and had a wonderful meal. It's especially great when you have a bunch of people with you so you can order tons of different plates. (Plus you divide the cost this way). It's not traditional tapas/small plates but they have something from all different types of cuisines: New American, Asian, Latin, Southern, Italian, French etc. Everything is served in an imaginative way and the room is very chic and stylish. I had a glass of wine but my brother's fiancee enjoyed her pinapple martini.
I live in DC but I hope to return in the next few months to try out all the other stuff we didn't get a chance to order.
I went to a birthday party for about 12 people at Cafe Noir in soho a year or 2 ago... it worked out really well because there are small plates to share, along with entrees for anyone who wanted them. What I remember most about the service was that they were particularly quick to take drink orders for those of us who arrived later, rather than have to sit and wait for a few minutes. The pitchers of sangria worked really well for the party, and I remember the food being delicious.
Alta is a great party place too, and I recommend it all the time on this board. You'll probably end up spending around $50 pp for drinks and food, but not including tax & tip. But, the food, cocktails and sangria are all great... a little more gourmet than Cafe Noir.