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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 !

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

    www.thelunchbelle.com

    1. Crispo
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      1. 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

          This friend of mine has a fairly moneyed family.

          1. re: cmballa

            How about Chinatown Brasserie?