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Group of 8 early 20s guys- recs?

craft21 Feb 28, 2010 08:11 PM

I'm planning a birthday dinner for a friend from college visiting from LA (originally from NY) and am in charge of putting together a birthday dinner for him this Saturday. The crowd is a mix of extreme foodies (me) to a couple guys who wouldn't be able to tell Ippudo ramen from Ramen in the box. Birthday guy is looking for a place that is has great food but can support a really lively and loud table atmosphere. Cost is also a concern, as we would like to keep it under 50-60 a person with drinks. Neighborhood isn't really an issue, but would prefer south of midtown and in Manhattan (no Brooklyn). Thanks in advance for the help.

PS. Initial thoughts included Sammy's and Stanton Social but I'm sure I can come up with some more original ideas for places

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    eeee RE: craft21 Mar 1, 2010 04:26 AM

    A few places that might suit you: Hill Country, Blue Smoke and DGBG.

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      gutsofsteel RE: craft21 Mar 1, 2010 05:49 AM

      Sammy's Roumanian? No way is that $50-$60 pp with drinks. Sammy's is expensive. And not fit for a foodie.

      Hill Country is a good idea.

      DBGB is not rowdy enough, nor is Blue Smoke.

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        ChiefHDB RE: gutsofsteel Mar 1, 2010 05:57 AM

        My non-foodie friends always want to do the "frat-sushi" places that have 2 hours of unlimited sake bombs, beer and sushi. Those get very rowdy. The one on 52nd and 1st closed. I walked by another recently, but I can't remember exactly where.

        If you can get a Momofuku fried chicken reservation, that would definitely be a good idea (you could also do the bo ssam at Ssam Bar w/out worrying about the online system). I second Hill Country, and agree that Sammy's is going to be way more than 50-60pp.

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          small h RE: ChiefHDB Mar 1, 2010 06:37 AM

          <I walked by another recently, but I can't remember exactly where. >

          Satsko, possibly?


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            ChiefHDB RE: small h Mar 1, 2010 07:12 AM

            Hmmm, maybe. I think the place looked trashier than Satsko.

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            craft21 RE: ChiefHDB Mar 1, 2010 06:22 PM

            great suggestions with Momofukus...will have to think this over

        2. princeofpork RE: craft21 Mar 1, 2010 06:21 AM

          Sofrito, Hill Country

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            metfan630 RE: craft21 Mar 1, 2010 06:58 AM

            at that price point, its best to do cuisine on the cheaper side, such as BBQ or Pizza. Arturo's pizza on Houston could work well, as could Hill Country as others have suggested.

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              craft21 RE: metfan630 Mar 1, 2010 05:24 PM

              Thanks for all the suggestions everyone. I have narrowed it down to Cafe Asean, La Carbonara, and Mercadito tasting menu. List got narrowed down from Le Relais Venise d'Entrecote , Jimmy's No 43, Kuma Inn, and Otto. Anyone have thoughts about Cafe Asean, La Carbonara, or Mercadito?

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                princeofpork RE: craft21 Mar 2, 2010 09:18 AM

                cafe asean has great thai food

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                  eastvill RE: craft21 Mar 2, 2010 10:59 AM

                  you get a LOT of food with the mercadito tasting menu. and it's delicious. mm the camaron tacos.

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                  fein RE: craft21 Mar 2, 2010 05:29 AM

                  mercadito over la carbonara. the food is ok not great and smaller portions.

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