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Union Square - Birthday Dinner for 10

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I am looking for someplace good in or around Union Square for a party of 10 for my sister’s birthday. Someplace where the food is great, but also a fun lively atmosphere. food is top priority though. I am so sick of shelling out $$ for crappy food on peoples birthdays becuase they have no clue.

Any ideas??? Hep me out chow folks. Nothing super pricy, but we are up to spend a few bucks.we also want to avoid a steakhouse.....

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  1. Boqueria serves great Spanish cuisine and the Havana Central has wonderful Cuban dishes. They both serve great food in a great atmosphere.

    www.inbundles.com

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    Boqueria
    53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

    Havana Central
    22 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

    1. I know many folks will kill this suggestion and I would have also untill last weekend. My friend was throwing a birthday for his wife and she chose.......Blue Water Grill. I never loved the food there so I was pretty dissapointing. However, for groups they will work on a specific menu (3 apps, 3 entrees, 2 desserts) to choose from. The table had 2 big seafood towers as well. The service was great, all the food came out together and was hot. And believe it or not it was quite good. For a large group this was very convenient and a good experience.

      1. Thanks for the suggestions, i would like to avoid Blue Water, a latin theme sounds fun though.

        1. You don't say how soon you will be doing this, so getting reservations could be a problem. That said...

          I would suggest Maialino. Delicius food, excellent service (as befits a Danny Meyer restaurant), very attractive rustic decor, and lively atmospherics.

          Photos of our recent dinner at Maialino here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          http://www.maialinonyc.com

          Another good option is Aldea. Again, delicious food, good service, stylish modern space, and a lively vibe.

          Aldea photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

          http://www.aldearestaurant.com

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          Aldea
          31 West 17th Street, New York, NY 10011

          Maialino
          2 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10010

          1. Hello Everyone, thanks for the reco;s. We ended up going to Otto. Not really int he neighborhood, but its what my sister decided on. I dont thnk ill rush back any time soon. the pastas were swimming in sauce and very salty. the pizza was good as were the cured meats, but neither one would convince me to go back. all in all mediocre experience.