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HELP! Celebrating husband's 35th --Need a table for 10....Where should we go?? NOT TAO : )

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We used to live in the West Village and eat out several times a week. Now we have lost touch. I would like to make a reservation for a small party. Fun atmosphere, good food etc. Including tip $125 p/p max. Husband loves beer, wine, tequila, sojo, sake....He loves to eat American, Japanese, Mexican, Fusion etc. We used to celebrate at Nobu but because I am treating for friends I think we will keep it to something cheaper...Please help! My sister suggested Tao and I feel like we have done that and it is predictable....

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  1. Have you been to Freemans, Blue Ribbon Bakery, Tia Pol, Stanton Social?

    1. gyu kaku....japanese BBQ.
      or something outside of asian
      Schillers Liquor bar - eclectic menu.
      Glad you've decided against Tao. Im a big Tao hater.

      1. Some places do big parties well - I say DBGB (American) or Bar Bao (Vietnamese Fusion).

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        1. re: Edwin E.

          I've recently read on the boards that Bar Bao might be/is closing - can't confirm, but worth looking into.

          1. re: MMRuth

            From Eater NY
            Curious Case: BarBao. There have been reports that (Michael Bao ) Huynh is no longer involved and his old partners are putting the space up for lease. Now Eater hears Huynh is buying it back within the week. We'll be keeping a close watch on this one.
            http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/01/...

        2. I saw the Gyu-Kaku recommendation and thought of Woo Lae Oak in Soho, did my husband's birthday there and we had a blast, also a group of ten. Brought in our own wine and paid a fair corkage (don't remember, but it was worth it, we were drinking some pretty expensive stuff) and our own bday cake. They could not have been nicer.

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          1. re: susan robin

            Koi. Like Tao but with much better food.

          2. We just had a party of 10 at Inoteca on 3rd and 24th. Go to their website - they have a great set menu for groups and with drinks etc. it came to $90 a person. It was excellent!

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            1. re: Aimee

              i also agree with inoteca..I also like bar stuccich. Great for groups; especially if you like sharing!