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Nov 20, 2008 04:39 PM

BYOB Birthday for Broke Best Buddy

Hey All,

I'm looking for a good place for around 10 people to do a BYOB birthday. The birthday boy is a beer fanatic, so I thought it would be a great surprise if everyone brought a big bottle of something good to try over dinner. Do you know of any restaurants that would be okay with this idea? I would prefer to stay in the East/West Village or the Lower East Side, where we live near Orchard and Broome. My friend's favorite foods are cheese, pickles, dumplings and Thai, although he's adventurous and loves any and all cuisine.

On the flip side, does anyone in their vast chowhoundly knowledge know of a places that both has a great beer selection AND has cheapish and delicious food? (Loreley and Good World are out- they've seen other recent brithdays).

Thanky thank thanky!

PS- The birthday is in two weeks, so I have time to make reservations if need be.
PPS- Alliteration!

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  1. If Kuma Inn is still BYOB, then I think it would fit your requirement.

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    1. re: RCC

      I second Kuma Inn if they can handle 10 people. Wonderful food. I'm sure its been written up here many times, but that chinese sausage thing, wow! You MUST reserve in advance though (even if it's just two of us, I always have to make a resy to get a table or the wait is forever). I was there semi-recently and it was still BYOB, with a small corkage fee. The food is very affordable, and you can probably cover the pickles, dumplings and Thai-ish request all in one go.

      You might also consider staking out a table at d.b.a. (for the amazing beer selection) and seeing if they'll let you order in (I don't think they have food, but I feel like I read somewhere that you could order in... maybe I'm off my rocker).

      1. re: _emilie_

        Third Kuma. Call well in advance.

        1. re: _emilie_

          DBA lets you order in but the beer selection is not really first rate.

      2. Here are some restaurants on Zagat's list of BYO's: Bereket, Georgia's BBQ, La Taza de Oro, Meskerem, Phoenix Garden, Spice Fusion, and Wondee Siam.

        Though I've never been to any of them, I'd categorize them as inexpensive. You can check their menus and prices on MenuPages. In terms of food quality and ambiance, hopefully, Hounds who have tried them will chime in and tell you which one(s) they think would be your best bet(s).

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        1. re: RGR

          Phoenix Garden is our "go to" Chinese restaurant. It is not in the East Village/Lower East Side area, but rather in the midtown East, and the Cantonese dishes here are pretty good. A good place to bring wine and/or beer.

          1. re: RCC

            love phoenix garden. definitely works for a group.

          2. re: RGR

            Meskerem isn't BYOB any more- made that mistake at a bday party I hosted there a couple months ago. Try having 8 people show up with bottles of wine only to have them tell you they got their license back (and we had even called ahead to ask).

          3. I'll try to answer your "flip side" question.
            Good food and excellent beer selections can be had at Zum Shnieder (SP?) and waterfront Ale house. I end up at the Waterfront Ale house about once a month.

            Most BYOB places are too small to go to with a group of 10 without a long wait.

            1. Funny coincidence, my husband planned my BYOB birthday for this Sunday at The Orchard, which is right in your 'hood, Orchard and Stanton, the food is OUTRAGEOUS, and it's definitely BYOB, no corkage or anything, on Sundays, not sure about the rest of the week. We are getting family-style of 3 different flatbreads and 3 different salads (inc. filet mignon wraps and a crispy rock shrimp salad), choose any entree from the full menu, and all desserts on the menu are served family-style after dinner, all for just $50 pp. If you don't go there for the birthday, I highly recommend going another night just for dinner. The lamb entree in particular was fantastic, but everything I had was so good, bartenders make really great drinks, oh, and the desserts are ridiculous as well.

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              1. re: nattie23nyc

                both eat-pisode and sticky rice are in the lower east side, byob and thai. nothing mind-blowing, but good food at great prices. i like the atmosphere at eat pisode better personally.

                1. re: nattie23nyc

                  Had the birthday dinner last night, everything was delicious, there was a lot of food, service was great, and I can't wait to go back to Orchard or try the chef's other restaurant, Apizz.