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Turning 30-- any ideas for a casual party with awesome food?

mulberries Aug 29, 2009 01:26 PM

Hi Chowhounders,

I'm turning 30 and want to host a party -- turning to you experts for creative ideas.

My first instinct, to which I'm not entirely wedded: at home, catered with something awesome. (My apartment is big enough to host in, and has smallish balcony too, though grilling's tough with the city's laws?) One idea: Is there a company that I could hire to roast a pig or two?

But I suspect y'all have better party ideas. I'm open to doing it off-site too, but wouldn't know where. With gratitude for any ideas or experiences in a similar vein,

-- getting older in nyc

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  1. goodhealthgourmet RE: mulberries Aug 29, 2009 01:50 PM

    options for the roast pig:

    1. financialdistrictresident RE: mulberries Aug 29, 2009 01:52 PM

      If Hearth is still doing their pig roast, reserve and go. . .

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        jenhen2 RE: financialdistrictresident Aug 30, 2009 06:16 AM

        Wildwood does a pig roast and is casual and fun.

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        bearmi RE: mulberries Aug 29, 2009 02:24 PM

        Happy Birthday To you (ahead of time)! Since your b-day is coming up soon, are you a Virgo too? :)

        Anyway, since I tend to eat mostly Asian food, if you were to host a party at your home, one of my ideas would be to order a lot of appetizers from Chinese (or other Asian) restaurants. A few weeks ago I got an assortment of appetizers (scallion pancakes, asparagus with scallion sauce, spring rolls, etc.) from Grand Szechuan on St. Mark's and also Chicken Wings from Saint's Alps Tea House (in East Village) for a party I was invited to and these appetizers were quite popular with the guests. You can also order dimsum (a variety of steamed dumplings/siu mai, etc.) or Chinese BBQ Meats/Ducks too and if you order from Vietnamese/Malaysia/Thai places you can get Satay Skewers and summer rolls, etc. You can further enhance your party menu by getting sushi/California rolls, seaweed salad, etc. Basically, my idea is to have an Asian-themed appetizers/finger food as your meal. Hope this helps and I hope you will have a successful party!

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          Simon RE: mulberries Aug 29, 2009 06:28 PM

          Happy Bday, Mulberries...

          -- bearmi's idea to order in from Grand Sichuan could be fun...

          -- another idea is to start w/ a meal at a restaurant and then adjourn to your balcony for cookies/dessert/cheese/digestifs/nightcaps...

          A few questions: what neighborhood do you live in?...what are your favorite cuisines?...how many people are we talking about?...what kind of budget if it's at a restaurant?

          If i was celebrating my bday w/ a group, i might want to have dinner at Malatesta and then return to my place for after-dinner drinks...or if i had a big group on a weekday, i might have everyone meet at Red Egg for dimsum happy hour and then to another bar or venue...another idea is La Nacional: great paella, reasonably priced wine, and decent tapas in a low-key setting...

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            stephaniec25 RE: mulberries Aug 29, 2009 06:31 PM

            If you are set on roast pig, Daisy Mae's will do a whole pig if you give advance notice along with sides for a set price.

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              mulberries RE: stephaniec25 Aug 30, 2009 05:57 AM

              Thank you all so much for the genius brainstorming.

              I'm in Nolita-- which definitely makes one of those Chinatown routes geographically appealing, and I think there might also be Lower East Side prospects..

              But I am increasingly thinking that my building will not take kindly to my roasting a pig on their roof. Does anyone know any venues for casual parties, like a rooftop or a garden, that would be available for rental down here? (I looked at the hearth dining room but it like I'd have to go fancy sit-down there, rather than swing-by-for-some-pig.)

              Or anyone know of restaurants in Chinatown that have anything that fits the bill?

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                Simon RE: mulberries Aug 30, 2009 06:10 AM

                you also might want to consider the downstairs area of Peasant -- they have a suckling pig liver on the menu that's great.

                re: Chinatown, i don't know about gardens/rooftops, but Amazing 66 is a fun place for a casual and delicious group dinner...

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                  bearmi RE: mulberries Aug 30, 2009 12:57 PM

                  If you are looking for BBQ Meat options, below is a recent thread on BBQ Meats in Chinatown. The folks on this board seem to have a few places as their favorites. You can check them out.


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                BLover33 RE: mulberries Aug 30, 2009 02:00 PM

                I have the perfect chef if you want someone to come cook at your place. I love that! intimate and also so much better than going out where you can't hear each other. so much more special. I have a chef to rec'd if you're interested. She is absolutely incredible but only does house/intimate parties through word of mouth....
                Happy bday in advance!

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                  intrepid RE: mulberries Aug 30, 2009 06:32 PM

                  go directly to Bacaro on divison st

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