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Birthday Party for Mid-20s Vegetarians

JungMann Feb 4, 2008 12:07 PM

Having difficulty getting a reservation for a party of 12 carnivores and picky vegetarian grad students. Hoping to plan a fun party with atmosphere, but grad students can always settle for low-key with the following specs: cuisine = Mexican, pizza, Italian or Thai; entrees < $15, bounded by 30s on the north, LES on the south.

I know it's a difficult task, but I'm certain CH is up to the challenge! And before anyone mentions these: we were unable to get reservations at Kuma Inn, Patsy's or Otto.

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    cdog Feb 4, 2008 12:16 PM

    Otto might work but not sure about the reservation and if they take them. you might also want to consider indian. i cannot think of any off hand, but curry row should do the trick.

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    1. re: cdog
      MMRuth Feb 4, 2008 12:26 PM

      They do take them and you can call specifically for larger parties.

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        JungMann Feb 4, 2008 12:29 PM

        Otto would've been perfect, but the earliest availability was 10:15. I think the bday girl would prefer to be out on the town by then.

        The crowd doesn't like Indian.

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      fein Feb 4, 2008 12:18 PM

      how many people will be attending this party?

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        JungMann Feb 4, 2008 12:26 PM

        7 carnivores and 5 very vocal vegetarians. i.e. A plate of bolognese minus the meat won't cut it for this crowd.

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          idia Feb 4, 2008 12:30 PM

          What about Rosa Mexicano?

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            JungMann Feb 4, 2008 12:34 PM

            That would be great, but far beyond what most want to spend. The goal is Rosa Mexicano at Chipotle prices.

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              MMRuth Feb 4, 2008 12:41 PM

              With a caveat - you might look into Itzocan - I've never been to the LES location, but have taken a fvegetarian riend to the uptown one, and she loved it.

              Itzocan Cafe
              438 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

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        Lucia Feb 4, 2008 12:36 PM


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        1. re: Lucia
          JSHAFT78 Feb 4, 2008 12:40 PM

          JungMann, Tsampa is a Tibetan place in the East Village. Very affordable and a ton of great veggie options. My friend is a vegetarian and had his b-day dinner there. Cool, laid back kind of vibe there, and a table of Tibetan monks ate at the table next to us and claimed the food was pretty authentic. The size group you mentioned could be esily accomodated as well

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          cimui Feb 4, 2008 01:03 PM

          It's not exactly Mexican, but perhaps Flor's Kitchen will work for you. It has a lot of vegetarian offerings (arepas and empanadas filled with scrambled eggs, black beans, cheese and the like; tostones), is very inexpensive, and is a wonderful place to go with a group. The pitchers of sangria can get expensive, though.

          It's a small place, but I think they'd be able and willing to seat you in the back room if you call ahead and promise a good tip.

          Flor's Kitchen
          170 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10014

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          1. re: cimui
            erin07nyc Feb 5, 2008 06:29 AM

            We've had a couple b-day parties at Flor's Kitchen, and it worked really well. You can share pitchers of sangria, and they are perfectly fine with people just ordering an arepa if that's all they want (they're pretty filling, and around or under $5). Service can be on the slow side, but everything is really delicious and it's a very nice space.

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            katie570 Feb 4, 2008 01:12 PM

            Okay, it is not the finest gourmet food out there, but for a large, boisterous group, I enjoy El Cantinero on University Place--it is CHEAP, the margs are super strong and addictive, and the atmosphere is festive, if a bit college-kid-heavy.

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              fein Feb 4, 2008 01:23 PM

              el cantinero is a good spot. exactly how katie described it but always a good time and decent food. although everyone says it is college kid heavy i've never witnessed the crowd but i am sure it is true at times. i would definitely bring a group who was looking for food, fun and tequila.

              1. re: fein
                JungMann Feb 5, 2008 05:20 AM

                We went to NYU. I think we're cantineroed out. Plus we all grew up around Mexican food so the food at Cantinero is kind of gross.

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              Jck90 Feb 4, 2008 01:18 PM

              i vote planet thai in wburg = cheap, can handle big crowds
              or N6 also in wburg = they are very sweet people and they love big birthdays

              just as a PS falai is prob out of your price range but it's run by a carnivore/vegetarian husband wife team. maybe for next time?

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                JungMann Feb 5, 2008 05:21 AM

                Wburg would be great. Sadly these Manhattanites don't leave the borough! I will bear Falai in mind for another trip out, though.

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                edintern Feb 4, 2008 05:39 PM

                blockheads. it's not the best food you'll ever eat, but it's cheap, has lots of veggie options, and great margaritas.

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                  fein Feb 5, 2008 06:03 AM

                  planet thailand might work.

                  1. scarlet starlet Feb 5, 2008 07:40 AM

                    How about Klong? They dish out some of the best Thai food I've eaten and the space is really fun and modern. I've been doing my birthday there for a few years now and I used to get delivery from there once a week (in addition to my outings there). They can make anything on the menu vegetarian (tofu, veggies, or mock duck), and they have great cocktails. They're on St. Marks b/w 2nd and 3rd.


                    1. JungMann Feb 5, 2008 11:46 AM

                      Any opinions on Dip, Kasadela or Klong for this party?

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                        nas9211 Feb 7, 2008 06:44 AM

                        I often have the same type of group to accomodate for birthdays. Places I have done: Lavagna, Supper, Frank, Mexican Radio (which I don't think is very good but my friends love it), Vento. Some of the prices, especially for the meat dishes, might be just over $15 though. I almost did Klong once, I think they have a minimum around $15. The food is good, standard thai, my only concern is that they sometimes try to rush you since it gets so crowded. Mole on Allen and Houston is also great but small-you can try asking for 12.

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