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Mar 12, 2009 07:45 PM

Fun place, really good food and service, downtown, for my daughter's 23rd birthday. We'll be a party of about 8...

any suggestions? Anything but steak.

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  1. How much do you want to pay?

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    1. re: Pan

      really, whatever. Without drinks $50-75/pp ?

      1. re: lzcrane

        Do you live in the vicinity of NYC or will you all be visiting from elsewhere? Knowing this may help us choose a spot. Thanks.

        1. re: LeahBaila

          We live in LA, but my daughter has lived in the city for the last 4 years...however, on a student budget, she hasn't been to many of the better restaurants. She likes ethnic food, but really anything. We'd like to go somewhere with either a private room or at least the ability to talk a bit...

        2. re: lzcrane

          Another question that can help us narrow down the choices, because there are still loads and loads of restaurants in Manhattan within your current criteria:

          Which restaurants has your daughter liked before?

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        1. It probably would help to know what restaurants the birthday girl has liked in the past, but, without that info, here are some suggestions off the top of my head:

          Buddakan (Chelsea): well-executed, upscale, exotic decor, pan-Asian

          Stanton Social (Lower East Side): trendy among the twenty-something set, Asian-inspired eclectic menu of creative small and larger plates that are intended for sharing, pretty and laid-back decor, cool cocktails

          Balthazar (SOHO): very popular and always packed, large upbeat brasserie with Belgo-French Euro menu and terrific seafood towers. The patisserie items are also very good. Good luck!

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          1. re: vvvindaloo

            I don't love Balthazar (we went to their sister restaurant in the meatpacking district a few years ago and nobody was very excited about it...). Stanton Social sounds absolutely PERFECT, but I just called and can't get in (this is for 2 weeks from now.) I'll try Buddakan... I love the small dish/sharing idea -- any other thoughts?

            1. re: lzcrane

              I was going to suggest Stanton Social, but what about Alta? It's also small plates, has a fun atmosphere, and the food is great.

            1. re: JamesKirkland

              I take it, that's the name of a place? First I've heard of it; please tell us more.

            2. Mercer Kitchen or Lure Fishbar would be fun for a group.

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              1. re: UWStoSONO

                I'll second Lure Fishbar, though, while the yacht decor is pretty cool, the overall ambiance is a bit less "fun" than at some other places.

                1. re: vvvindaloo

                  lure has been a good choice for me to bring both my parents and friends out together for dinner. the crowd is very mixed age-wise, chic enough for the kids, classic enough for the adults.

                  buddakan and mercer kitchen would be other good please-all suggestions.