Dinner for my 21st?
I'm planning on going out to dinner for my 21st birthday this month with about 10 friends. While I am very excited and would be willing to spend a bit more, I don't know if that's fair to ask of everyone. Either way (cheaper or higher priced) I'd like somewhere in the greater Cambridge area (Cambridge/Medford/Somerville/Arlington etc...) that would be delicious as well as having a fun atmosphere and a good drink menu for the of-age members of the party. Thank you in advance!
Also, places I've been and liked, although I'd like to try somewhere new:
The Elephant Walk
(all probably too pricey for this dinner anyway)
Green Street in Central
Casablanca in Harvard, the cafe/bar area
Deep Ellum in Allston, if you want to go in a casual pub direction
Independent in Union Somerville
Eastern Standard in Kenmore
Bambara in Cambridge near Lechmere
Ole Mexican Grille
Dali: this is a good occasion to try it, as i think they take reservations for large groups so you won't have to submit to the sidewalk waiting ritual
these are places with very good food and drink and a lively feel, where you can let loose and be a little boisterous. happy birthday!
For me, I love following food with some fun group activity. A fun night might be Redbones (as the BBQ-eating Chowhounders might say, it is not the most chowish, but it's festive!), followed by bowling at Sacco's Bowl Haven, which I believe is still open despite reports of its (imminent) demise. If you are near Davis, gini, trusted hound, has reported that Sagra is still good for apps/fried items (which sounds celebratory to me!). That sort of meal might be more palatable price-wise for your friends. Plus the space is huge, especially with the Tufts kids gone.