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Nov 11, 2009 03:53 PM

FESTIVE BIRTHDAY FEAST (Russian? Brazilian BBQ? Other Ideas?)

I need your help. I'm planning a raucous night of eating and toasting to celebrate my 30th bday, and I need a venue, preferably in Brooklyn. The idea is to have free-flowing platters of food and pitchers/bottles of drink. And it needs to accommodate a large group, say 20 or more.

My two general ideas thus far: Russian in Brighton Beach or Brazilian BBQ (I'm familiar with Newark's options, but an NYC location would be much preferred). But I'm open to just about anything that's festive, big enough, and reasonably priced. Any suggestions?

Here's the deal on price: each invitee will be paying his/her own way, and I don't want the cost to turn off those who otherwise might want to come. To help frame the discussion, $50 pp all-in seems like a reasonable high water mark, but I'm willing to entertain all ideas.

(Note: the Brazilian BBQ places in Manhattan I know about, e.g. Plataforma, are too expensive.)


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  1. Hey, I just had my 28th last weekend - with basicallly the same parameters as you.
    I went all around chinatown looking for a place open late, with very little patronage and cheap drinks. We settled on Best Fozhou at 71a eldridge in chinatown/LES. It was great! we basically had the whole place to ourselves - 15-20 people - drank a lot of 2 dollar beers and the food was a bit unfamiliar but surprisingly very fresh.
    the staff like us being there and were pretty helpful. I think everyone had a good time.

      1. Cheburechnaya has an outpost in Brighton Beach. I went with a big group to the one in Queens and it was a hit.

        518 Neptune Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

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        1. re: dhs

          I don't know about the one in Brighton Beach, other than that it isn't kosher, but the Cheburchnaya in Rego Park only has awful kosher wines and a small assortment of beers. I do see a lot of the Russian families bringing in their own bottles of vodka, so that might actually make the drinking part cheaper.

          1. re: EricMM

            A place where you bring your own drinks would not be a bad way to keep the costs down -- thanks for the tip. Although there is something fun about drinking whatever cuisine-specific option the restaurant doles out.

            Which makes me wonder: is there a Mexican place with margaritas that might fit the bill? Maybe in Sunset Park?

        2. These are great ideas. Please keep 'em coming!

          1. I had a big birthday party once at Tierras Colombianas. I don't recall which we went to, maybe Astoria?

            Tierras Colombianas
            33-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11106