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Jul 8, 2009 06:55 AM

Fun, hip restaurant / 19th and 5th

Fun, hip restaurant / 19th and 5th (or north of) for son's 22nd birthday. Prince range isnt really an issue; neither is cuisine.

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  1. Devi, Sala 19, Boqueria, Mesa Grill and Rosa Mexicano are all reasonably close.

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    1. Second Boqeria for tapas, Rosa Mexicano for the guac and margaritas, and Mesa Grill for Bobby F.

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      1. re: jwg

        Boq doesnt take resies and absolutely not to rosa mexicanan.

        1. re: notsochubbychubette

          How many people is this for? Boqueria does take reservations for larger groups.

      2. I Trulli
        John Dory (if you are willing to go west of 5th)
        Bar Stuzzichini
        Peryali (not exactly "hip" though)

        I would not recommend Rosa Mexicano and I also don't think Mesa Grill is particularly exciting.

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        1. re: stephaniec25

          However, I went (reluctantly in my own mind) to Mesa Grill with some under-30s, andit was decent though expensive, and it was very enjoyable to see them enjoying what they perceived as the specialness and festiveness of it. So I would say, it depends how important having what we would view as outstanding food, versus experience/atmosphere for the 22 year old at the center of the event.

          1. re: yebo

            I have to agree with yebo on that. The food is nothing special but I can say the margaritas are great and the atmosphere is fun.

        2. Pranna,located on Madison and 28th/29th.Classified as Pan Asian.Opened within the past year.Great decor/space.Good food and nice bar/lounge area.

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          1. re: TooLooseLaTrek

            I've only been to Pranna for their spring cocktail party where I was brusquely edged away from the bar by the throngs. I've been meaning to go back with a group of friends as I did like the couple appetizers I tried and was excited to find young Desis in NYC outside of business school.

          2. Might be a little mature but Almond could be a good hit right over there... Not necessarily sure how 'fun' that is though. Bar Stuzzichini gets my vote as well.