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cmballa Jun 11, 2008 07:59 AM

An email from a friend —

my brother is graduating from highschool tomorrow, and I'm trying to think of a fun, interesting restaurant to go to with the family + grandmothers tomorrow evening, preferably (obviously), downtown (manhattan)

any ideas?? someplace that could fit about 8 people at a table, and would take reservations, credit cards, and grandmothers, and still be fun ...

I know you guys are up for challenges !

  1. vvvindaloo Jun 11, 2008 08:26 AM

    Buddakan. As long as everyone likes "Chinese food", they'll love the food here. The space is large and impressive, the prices aren't too over-the-top (we don't have any indication of budget needs, however), and the seating is comfortable. I think it could be fun for anyone, not just the grad. Only caveat: the room is a bit dark. I wouldn't recommend it for those with vision problems.
    If Buddakan is too exotic, I would suggest somewhere like Balthazar, or for Italian, maybe Otto, as per LB's suggestion.

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    1. re: vvvindaloo
      cmballa Jun 11, 2008 08:32 AM

      This friend of mine has a fairly moneyed family.

      1. re: cmballa
        s
        samiam123 Jun 11, 2008 02:12 PM

        How about Chinatown Brasserie?

    2. r
      rrems Jun 11, 2008 08:11 AM

      Crispo
      Chow Bar
      Village

      1. LeahBaila Jun 11, 2008 08:11 AM

        You could try: Otto, The Smith, Rosa Mexicano Union Square, Landmarc

        www.thelunchbelle.com

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