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Birthday dinner for 20-somethings

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Hi group,

I am planning a birthday dinner for a group of 20-somethings this weekend - probably around 10 to 12 people. We are trying to keep the price reasonable, and we want to go out in Logan Circle afterwards, so at least staying in the district is a must. Some initial ideas we came up with were Mama Ayesha's or Lebanese Taverna or maybe Zaytinya all the way in Chinatown? Tabaq looked a little pricey for us. Does anyone else have any good ideas? Somewhere where people can fill up and drink not-too-expensive wine but have a good time is what we're looking for. I've done family-style Italian like that in the past, but I'm not sure anywhere in DC fits the bill...

thanks for any guidance you can provide!

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  1. Not family style Italian, but regular Italian with pizzas, pastas, salads etc that aren't too expensive would be Vapiano (if you call ahead you can reserve an area) or Sette Osteria.

    Another fun place would be Grill From Impanema in Adams Morgan.

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    1. re: Elyssa

      Until Vapiano changes their pay structure with those cards, I don't think it's a good place for a large group dinner.

      1. re: Jacey

        Why? Each person can individually pay for their own meal. And then everyone can chip in for the birthday boy/girl's meal. That way if you just want a salad and a beer you don't end paying $50 because someone else ordered a bunch of expensive food (even though nothing is really all that expensive at Vapiano...but you get the idea.)

        Personally I think its a great idea. I've gone to waaaaay to many birthday parties where I ended up paying twice or triple the amount of what my meal cost because other people over ordered or drank a lot and we divided the bill equally. I think this is a good way to get around this issue.

        1. re: Elyssa

          Nope, still disagree with you, Elyssa. What if you want to share appetizers or a pizza? I was actually just there tonight for happy hour and I saw three individual groups ponder how they're going to split up certain items they shared, especially since you don't find out how much you owe until you leave and pay.

    2. What about like Regent Thai I don't know how far it is from Logan circle, but the entrees are cheap and good and the drinks aren't that bad, although their wine selection isn't the best.

      If you didn't have to be close to Logan circle maybe Matchbox (they do reservations for bigger groups) or Founding Farmers has a lot of not as pricey entrees and reasonable wine as I recall?

      1. There is the chain-Bucaa di Peppo in dupont, which does family style Italian.
        Washington, DC - 1825 Connecticut Avenue N.W.
        202.232.8466
        http://www.bucadibeppo.com/locations/...

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          Commissary (their food is a mixed bag but some things are good)

          Skewers (this could be a good option if you want Middle Eastern food)--they sometimes have a belly danner

          Rice

          Thai Chef

          Thaiphoon

          Sette Osteria

          Panache