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Help!!! 30th Birthday party(it's getting critical)

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I am helping a friend plan her birthday and having a lot of difficulty picking a location. I have searched through the boards and haven't found anything.

We want great food, good drinks, great ambiance and nothing too expensive (average entre $20-25). The group will be around 15 people. Thinking either new American, Italian or Latin. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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  1. Boca Chica on 1st and 1st - had a birthday dinner there a few years and it was a great time.

    1. what do you mean by great ambiance? I'm more than willing to add some suggestions

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      1. re: silencespeak

        Fun and lively vibe, nothing to stuffy but not chaotic.

      2. What about Bar Stuzzichini?

        1. maybe otto? they usually do a set menu for more than 12 people, but i remember it being quite reasonable.

          1. I have had a party for a friend at Luzzo's on 1st Ave in the East Village. I have found them to be very accomodating, and it is a lot of fun. I also go there quite a bit in smaller groups as well. The food is truly wonderful. And it is good to share as well, which for me makes a great party.