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Celebrating my 21st on a budget

joconde Sep 27, 2009 05:53 PM

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. smokeandapancake RE: joconde Sep 28, 2009 12:13 PM

    would you consider a BYO?

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      roze RE: joconde Sep 28, 2009 02:03 PM

      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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        joconde RE: roze Sep 28, 2009 03:53 PM

        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.

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          smokeandapancake RE: joconde Sep 28, 2009 04:34 PM

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

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        mabelden RE: joconde Sep 28, 2009 06:42 PM

        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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          princeofpork RE: mabelden Sep 28, 2009 06:45 PM

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

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            smokeandapancake RE: princeofpork Sep 29, 2009 07:25 AM

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

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          eatermom RE: joconde Sep 29, 2009 08:04 AM

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

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            smokeandapancake RE: eatermom Sep 29, 2009 08:11 AM

            Caliente Cab Company...

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              princeofpork RE: eatermom Sep 29, 2009 11:04 AM

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

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