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Jul 26, 2009 12:42 PM

Bacholorette Dinner!

Looking for a fun dinner spot for about 10 lovely ladies to celebrate a night on the town.

I live in NYC, so not looking for a big touristy spot - just good food & a lively/fun atmosphere.

I prefer to stay downtown, nothing too heavy and it must be vegetarian friendly too.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. One Little West 12th. Mercer Kitchen. STK - I'm sure they have big salads there.
    Stanton Social.

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    1. re: UWStoSONO

      Haha, I'm the vegetarian, no steakhouses please! Mercer also does not have enough veggie stuff. From your list, Stanton looks best, but not overly thrilled.

    2. How about 'inoteca? I've only been to the Third Av. branch, which I liked. But everything I've heard about the original location on the LES has been extremely positive.

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      1. re: RGR

        hmmm. i actually love inoteca but go there all the time. any other ideas, help!!

        1. re: lavendula

          OK, is sushi samba a respectable foodie establishment? I went there about 6 years ago and remember having a great time...

          1. re: lavendula

            Perhaps, Boqueria? I've never been, but it gets lots of praise. There are two locations: Flatiron and SoHo.


            1. re: RGR

              I found Boqueria to be good to very good, but it might be on the pricier side once you include all the wine. The Soho location does, however, have two large U-shaped booths in the back that face one another. Would be good for a large party. However, the menu is not super-vegetarian friendly. I think there's only 4-5 vegetarian dishes, plus the cheese menu options.

        2. I hosted a hen night party at Merkato 55 last year. The space is beautiful and fun, not touristy. The menu is diverse, and the drinks are great.

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          1. re: hungry329

            Boqueria sounds good! I love tapas from San Sebastian, but yeah, not to many to choose from for me. I don't think they take reservations either :(

            1. re: lavendula

              Boqueria Soho does take reservations for parties. I went to a party for about 15 people there last yer and it worked really well and did not turn out too expensive. They do a prix fix for groups. I would ask them about the veggie issue--I bet they would accomodate.

              as for Sushi Samba, I the food is medicore, but you may have to compromise on food to get the scene and price range you are looking for.

              How about Otto?

              1. re: prdct

                Otto has good food but I'm believe they make you do a prix fixe for big groups.

                The prix fixe is $40pp but you can add on unlimited wine for $20pp.

                If this is in your price range, it's a good choice but isn't as "celebratory" as other places.


                1. re: kathryn

                  YES, I totally thought about Otto but was thinking it might not be as celebratory, like you said. That is a great price.

                  1. re: lavendula

                    Maybe with enough wine, anything is celebratory! And it does get pretty lively in there.

              2. re: lavendula

                Boqueria *only* takes reservations for large groups.

            2. if you are looking for small plates with vegetarian options then pipa might be a good option. i have a vegetarian friend who is always happy to dine here. great atmosphere and yummy food. peep is also a good spot for thai good with a vibe downtown. definitely not too pricey.

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              1. re: mch

                Ooo, I went to Pipa a long time ago and thought it was good but very expensive. I do remember the sangria being amazing! Peep looks really fun! Can anyone else chime in on their experiences with either?

                Also considering Stanton Social as suggested earlier, and of course, Sushi Samba.

                1. re: lavendula

                  I feel it gets knocked a lot on this board but I personally enjoy it. I don't find them particularly expensive considering all the food and yes their sangria is delicious

                  1. re: lavendula

                    Peep is good, but I would also recommend looking in to Aja Asian Bistro on 6th Ave. I think it's more festive and "bachelorette party-ish."
                    Stanton Social would be fun


                    1. re: LeahBaila

                      Will check it out, thanks!

                      Hey, are there any good burlesque shows that you guys could suggest? Maybe one with dinner, or near one of these places?

                      1. re: lavendula

                        Duane Park has a burlesque shoe Friday nights. I have never been but I heard good things about it and the food there is pretty good.

                        1. re: lavendula

                          You're welcome.
                          While I haven't been, I've heard good stuff about "The Box." I *think* you can also reserve via!