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Jun 11, 2008 05:45 PM

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?

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    1. go italian: otto, lupa, gennaro..

      1. May be Alta for tapas? Very doable at your price range.

        Freeman's chef left not longer ago so I suggest not to visit so soon.

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        1. re: kobetobiko

          new thought: Clinton Street Baking Company? I've never been but I've seen on the boards that it's supposed to be good for dinner too, and much easier to get into. Only problem is it looks like they don't have beer or liquor, only wine. Any thoughts on that idea?

          1. re: lucyj

            They have beer, it's on page 2 of the drinks menu. It is good for dinner but not that celebratory in nature. Dinner is rather low-key. I'd get there on the early side for dinner, there's not many places they can put a 6-top. No reservations, I believe.

            1. re: kathryn

              yeah, I guess "not celebratory" is not what I'm looking for....thanks for the advice.

        2. Da Andrea is a very good choice.

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          1. re: rrems

            strongly considering Da Andrea...what's the atmosphere like?

            1. re: lucyj

              It's cozy, very charming, informal.

              1. re: rrems

                I was recently at Da Andrea -- very good food at extremely reasonable prices.

          2. French Provencal at La Sirene. BYOB.