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Saturday Lunch, Surprise Birthday

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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.

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  1. Cuisine(s)? Parts of town?

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    1. re: LeahBaila

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

      1. re: msfood

        How many people? Will you need a private room?

        1. re: RGR

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

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

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      1. re: RGR

        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

          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. 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.