Fun, good and "moderate" dinner for celebrating
I have been searching the boards for a couple of weeks and am still obsessing. Looking for a good place for six girls to go for dinner to celebrate two birthdays and two finishing a two year teaching commitment. For me, I want it to be delicious, as I feel like I don't get to treat myself too often. For them, I want it to be fun and not too expensive (I know a price range would be helpful but these are tough for me- maybe forty to fifty dollars with tax, tip and drinks max). A BYOB would work but we've been to Kuma Inn, Ivo and Lulu and Cube 63. Downtown is preferable. Any cuisine except Thai (one person is highly allergic to all nuts). Probably should be a place where I can get a reservation (did the no res thing last year and don't want to deal with another two hour wait). Have thought about Inoteca, Da Andrea, Freeman's, Nolita House (the list goes on) but am not sold on anything yet. Any advice?