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Sep 27, 2009 05:53 PM

Celebrating my 21st on a budget

Hi there,

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!


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    1. 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.

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      1. re: roze

        Hm, thank you but I'm not sure everyone would be up for Thai food. By the way, forgot to mention we'll be going out around dinner time on a Sunday night.

        1. re: joconde

          try bar stuzzichini...small plates...sunday 3-5 is happy if u head there a little early, have a few cocktails and each come with a free appetizer....

      2. 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!

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        1. re: mabelden

          City crab is one of the worst seafood places in the entire city and its over priced. Do not waste your time or money.

          1. re: princeofpork

            phenomenal? WOW...i would never put city crab and phenomenal in the same sentence...I would def NOT reccomend City Crab...

        2. El RIo Grande (the Mexico side) on 38th and 3rd.

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            1. re: eatermom

              They make their Margs with 151 rum. Dont have more than 2.