Foodies need a fun (off the beat and path) restaurant to celebrate bday - HELP!!
Looking for a "different" way to celebrate a birthday, but I'm running out of time & ran out of ideas. Help.
My bf 38th bday is next Tuesday and a group of 5 of us are looking to celebrate. We're all NYers, foodies, use to doing it up a fancy-shmancy place for special occasions, but for this bday, just REALLY want something different this time.
Maybe somewhere special, low-key, hole in the wall with good food... or loud, fun and rowdy?? Open to different decors, cuisine, theme, ambiance, etc. Only requirements, must have good food, nowhere touristy and within a reasonable budget.
Any recs, please? Thanks!
OK, sorry for being so vague, we're just really open to dif't recs. Essentially, we're just looking for a hole-in-the-wall (feel), a place on the smaller/ initimate side - it can be super romantic or just casual & fun, even loud. Maybe somewhere with a distinct feature -- whether it be the decor, cuisine, history, interactive, part of a show, music, service, etc.
When? Tuesday dinner
Location? Manhattan, would consider B'klyn
FYI: here are some places we've been to & liked: Jack's Luxury Oyster, Freemans, 26 Seats, Kumma Inn, Cube63, Falai, Fatty Crab, Mary's Fish Camp, Cafe Havana, Frankies, Sushi Yasuda, Peter Luger, Union Squr Cafe, Aroma Wine Bar. On the higher end: Eleven Madison, Adour, Daniel, Corton. Been to Sammy's (Romanian food), interesting ambiance, but food wasn't great.
You could try Supper (ask to sit in the back room, which is a kind of interesting ambiance, or sit at the counter and watch the cooks making your food). I'm not sure if you would like the ambiance at Cacio e Vino or not; it isn't a tiny restaurant and it can be a bit loud, but my girlfriend and I like it.
I used to live in Chinatown and would always take visitors to a basement restaurant called Doyers. It's super cheap and has a really great menu with tons of specials you can share - try the Buddhist rolls & fried banana w/coconut milk. If you want those fancy well made drinks, there's some really nice chichi restaurant/bars in the neighborhood for after dinner drinks like Apotheke, Bacaro, Les Enfants & Broadway East.
Here are a couple of ideas we have done for birthdays recently;
Big Pig Gig at Daisy Mays
Bowling and finger food at Strike or Bowlmar
BYOB and asian tapas at Kuma Inn
Beer and Burger tasting - we chose 3 "top" burger joints and we went to each one but we split the burgers in half so we didnt get too full. Great way to compare burgers in the same night.
Degustation is fantastic and definitely has a "different" feel - it might be a little tough for a group of 5 because its essentially only bar-style seats around the open kitchen.
Ivo and Lulu has a hole in the wall feeling, very low key, very reasonably priced, and delicious. Its also BYOB which could be a lot of fun for a bday.
Would you consider leaving Manhattan? Astoria can be a lot of fun and it's really easy to get to. If you want a different experience I'd recommend a few places over there, especially if you like greek.
Bohemia Beer Garden - Beer and Czech Food
Taverna Kyclades 33-07 Ditmars Blvd. (bet. 33rd & 35th Sts.) - My favorite greek place in astoria
Elias Corner 24-02 31st St. (24th Ave.) - right across from the beer garden. Greek place that specializes in simply prepared grill fish.