17 year old Bday dinner fun, great food suggestions
I used to live in NYC so I think I know what type of places you want. Here are some suggestions that a 17 year old will like.
Oyamel (I haven't had the best experience but some like it--especially if you like Mexican)
Cafe Asia-Downtown (cool decor and pretty good sushi)
Look at these menus to make sure you all like the cuisines/dish. Atmosphere, wise, these places will fit.
Matchbox in Penn Quarter (downtown) is fun and there is a new location on 8th street (Barracks Row), depending on where you're staying. On H Street NE (behind Union Station) there are a bunch of new super hip restaurants - Sticky Rice is great, as is Granville Moore, which was on a Food Network Show. I also second the recommendation for Zaytinya, which has a very cool decor and vibe.
I knew somebody would recommend Matchbox. This is nothing like the places you mentioned in your regular post, and not IMHO worthy of a birthday meal. Plus, who wants to possibly wait a really long time on your birthday.
Mie N Yu would be another fun option. Try the banana hummus if you go. Zengo, Oya or Mie N Yu would be your best options JPrae.