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Birthday Specials?

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In the old days, many restaurants, especially those in the "been there forever, family owned, family oriented, neighborhood institution" genre, had some sort of special "loss leader" for one's birthday - a comped deseert, a special dish, or in some cases, even a free meal, with proof that it is the celebrant's birthday.

Other than Vacarro's "free dessert on your birthday" promo at their Little Italy location (not sure if they do it elsewhere), does anybody else do any such "special deals for the birthday boy/girl" anymore?

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  1. Brasserie Beck comped the BF's sis' dessert on her birthday a few months back, we did notify them when we made the reservation it was her birthday.

    1. The Palm website says it gives a free 3-lb. lobster on your birthday if you enroll in their free club.

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      1. re: foodcheck

        foodcheck, are you referring to the 837 club on the Palm website, or is there another one? I was curious and checked out the website, but for the 837 club there is an enrollment fee.

      2. Most places that I've been for birthday meals, if someone notifies them in advance (I usually make note of it in the Special Requests section on OpenTable reservations), most places will give you a dessert at least. I think it just helps to let them know in advance that it's for a special occasion.

        1. I've heard places like Hard Rock Cafe, TGIFridays, and Outback give free deserts on your bday, although thats prob not what your looking for. Most places have limited these specials to kids 10 and under. Alot of places also require you register first online before taking advantage of any birthday special they offer

          1. When my boyfriend and I went to Restaurant Eve (the bistro, not tasting room) for our anniversary they gave us a free scone mixture as a present. I believe they did the same for a man across the room celebrating his 50th birthday. They also wrote Happy Anniversary on our cake. Not neccassarily free dessert or wine but a nice little take home gift which was completly unexpected. We of course told them it was going to be our anniversary when we made the reservation.

            Also if you register with Maggie Moo's email list you get a free ice cream on your birthday. :)

            1. If you register for J Gilbert's value/points program you get a card in the mail for a free $25 entree during your bday month. We used my husband's last weekend, and to my surprise they credited us the entire $25 value for my entree. Even though it was his bday credit and his meal was only $19.

              1. I just coincidently got an email from Vin with this:

                "Let us host your next birthday celebration. Reserve the Lounge, Private Dining Room or Entire Restaurant and enjoy a memorable evening with family and friends! A complimentary glass of champagne and birthday dessert are our treat to you!"

                Looks like they want to entice you in...
                I've never actually been there though.

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                1. re: pigtowner

                  I was at VIn last week for drinks before heading toKyodai for a bite. Place seemed empty, even for a Wednesday. They have been open for a while now, but according to the bartender, they have had several management changes. I asked about a wine flight, but they didnt offer them, claiming they were still trying to work on a good wine menu. I didnt order food, only bought a $40 bottle of wine that def wasn't worth it. The olives were terrible, drenched in some sort of crushed red pepper mix. My take is that is what a overpriced, wanna be trendy w/ a downtown feel, but falls short. I see this place folding sooner that later....just my $0.02.