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Saturday Lunch, Surprise Birthday

msfood Jan 2, 2008 09:02 AM

My best friend is turning 25 and her mother wants to throw a small surprise party for her. We're thinking a Saturday lunch. Any recommendations? Should be fun, not cheesy, good food and drink a must.


  1. k
    kobetobiko Jan 2, 2008 08:22 PM

    Not sure your definition of "fun", so I will say try Buddakan (Asian fusion) as it is ultra spacious and can easily accommodate a large group. It has a trendy decor and fun ambience, and their food is actually pretty good. In particular, the appetizers and the dim sum are the best dishes. They are also a lot of interesting drinks to order.

    1. r
      RGR Jan 2, 2008 09:17 AM

      How many will there be? And what's the per person budget for food?

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      1. re: RGR
        msfood Jan 2, 2008 09:49 AM

        Money isn't an issue really, but I'd stay in the moderate to expensive range versus the expensive to ultra expensive range, i guess a three dollar sign rating is appropriate

        1. re: msfood
          idia Jan 2, 2008 07:56 PM

          Two suggestions come to mind:
          West Bank Cafe and Marseille.
          Friends of ours just went with a crowd of 13 people and said they had a wonderful time at West Bank and that the owner sat them in a little private area in the back. They were very pleased.

      2. LeahBaila Jan 2, 2008 09:13 AM

        Cuisine(s)? Parts of town?

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        1. re: LeahBaila
          msfood Jan 2, 2008 09:18 AM

          Cuisine doesn't matter, I'd say downtown, like below 42nd st. Also, price does not matter.

          1. re: msfood
            RGR Jan 2, 2008 09:21 AM

            How many people? Will you need a private room?

            1. re: RGR
              msfood Jan 2, 2008 09:26 AM

              probably around 15-20, so i don't think we would need a private room, but could be nice. open to all suggestions really

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