bday ideas in NYC..desperate need of help!
Ok I'm turning 24 in about 2 weeks (11/16). I'm really a fairly boring person in need of some fun. I had a crappy past few birthdays and want one that people will say "i had so much fun at your birthday!"
So to accomplish this I need the following:
-a decent restaurant to accommodate a noisy group of about 15 people (i love sushi, and paninis aaaand gourmet pizza type places)
-a place to have drinks afterwards (no live bands please unless it's acoustic/indie! i was a sound tech on the UES at a metal club for a few years and can't deal with it anymore) where i can have fun with my friends. jukeboxes are awesome!
-a hotel to crash at. preferably with suites that don't mind/would turn a blind eye to 5-6 people in a room.
I know. I'm asking for too much, but surely you could help make my birthday awesome! and you could even come hang out if you want!
Thank in advance!
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From the info you've provided this might not be a good fit, but for a big group I still have to recommend Boucarou Lounge on 1st street between 1st and 2nd aves. The food was fine (don't be put off by the exotic look of the website, menu items were really simple and good) and the service was fantastic and the space really accomodates groups well. Not a fine dining destination but did the job for a party I had last weekend, everyone left really happy.
I'm not sure if this would suit you, but you mentioned gourmet pizza so I thought of this. I had a great birthday a couple of years ago by ordering lots of pizza from Pizza Gruppo (186 Ave. B) and having it delivered around the corner to the 11th Street Bar (www.11stbar.com.) I love Pizza Gruppo's pizza, especially the shroomtown (I will make a special trip downtown for it!) The only difficulty was trying to eat it by hand - it's got a very thin crust and isn't easy to pick up while it's hot, so make sure you have some plates, forks and knives. The 11th St. Bar has a nice beer selection and semi-separate back room which they will let you put dibs on if you call in advance, and it's free. Then afterwards, go dancing at little Rififi nearby (www.rififinyc.com) - but there's also tons of cool places in the neighborhood. (I hope that wasn't tooooo far off-topic!)