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valentines birthday maelstrom!!

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this is the deal: valentines day, for better or worse, is also my birthday.
this year, instead of a twosome candlelit dinner, i'm planning for dinner out with about 5 other people.
any ideas for a out-of-the-ordinary restaurant with excellent food, super ambience, with prices in midrange (entrees ~10-20smthing)? no specific cuisine, just looking for someplace excellent and original.


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  1. I'm not sure what you mean by "original" but Isabella's gives you a good bang for your buck.
    So does O'Neals at 64th bet. Broadway and Columbus.
    More unique and very small is Fig & Olive -- a Mediterranean walk-down on the east side which specializes in healthy dining (no butter is used, just olive oil) and the food is delicious with a decent price tag.
    Google it for menu choices.
    Happy Birthentine's Day! :-)