Celebrating my 21st on a budget
I've been living here for about a month and my 21st birthday is quickly approaching. I have some friends coming in from out of town and I'm looking to go out for dinner and drinks. Where can I find a restaurant where I'll get the most for my money that has a fun atmosphere? Also if you know of anywhere that has BIG/CHEAP drinks (that isn't BBQ) let me know!
Maybe a Thai place? They are usually on the cheap side and used to be where I would take guests from out of town. I recently had dinner at Lantern Thai and Highline. Both were good and have a fun atmosphere. Lantern has a 2 for 1 happy hour until 6 every day. Strong drinks as well.
Try Paprika on St. Marks place between 1st and Ave. A. They have a two course pre-fix for $14 Monday-Friday 4-7 pm. Also, the Sunburnt Cow, on Ave C between 8th and 9th st, has $20 brunch, which includes a brunch dish from the menu and endless cocktails for two hours. The Sunburnt cow is awesome, the staff are all Australian and super-friendly. It's usually packed so make a reservation.
Lastly, City Crab is phenomenal. It's on Park Avenue South and 19th st, with 1/2 price cocktails, wine, and beer, $1 oysters, and 1/2 price appetizers Monday through Friday 5-8 or so. Chef Joe is amazing and takes care of his patrons.
Enjoy and happy 21st!