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Bachelorette Party Dinner for Foodies on Moderate Budget who will NOT be Sporting Tiaras or Penis-themed Accessories

I'm from New Orleans and am trying to plan a dinner for a bachelorette party in NYC. I've only been to NYC as a tourist a handful of times and and thus am in desparate need of some help! There will be 8 of us, mid to late twenties, and we're not doing the tacky bachelorette experience, but do want to go somewhere fun and delicious. We're on a moderate budget and would be open to a tapas type meal, but that's not necessary. The bachelorette is a fairly healthy eater, and prefers seafood. Any suggestions are much appreciated!! Thanks!!!

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  1. Wife and self like Lure Fishbar in Soho. Has nice buzz and good seafood, pretty nice cocktails too, not ridiculously expensive for Soho. Hosting a large, moderately boisterous party would be no issue as the place is large and quirky (decked out like a cruise liner, basement level location). Great visitor-friendly location.

    http://lurefishbar.tumblr.com/

    1. I would definitely suggest Otto for your party when it comes to the atmosphere and budget but since you are looking for seafood, that is out.

      Maybe try the Mermaid Inn for a casual seafood option.

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      Mermaid Inn
      96 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

      1. try Ninja in Tribeca. It's themed and fun. and it's pretty tasty.
        http://www.ninjanewyork.com/

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        1. re: sedela

          Avoid Ninja at all costs- unless you want to share your party with hoardes of kids and teens. In fact, I think the only way most adults go to Ninja is because they're attending a kid's birthday party. Oh, and the food is abysmal.

        2. +10!!! For your Subject header!!!!! Made me laugh, always a good thing.

          Have you considered Chinatown or Asian places? They do amazing things with seafood and sharing is almost mandatory! And most of those place fit the modest budget...my kinda budget. And Chinatown touristing / shopping can be wicked fun.

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          1. re: Quine

            If you are considering Chinatown, there are also places, like Congee Village, that can give you private room too.

          2. Can you give a precise figure by what you mean regarding "moderate"? $40 per person? $60 per person? Including tax (nearly 9%), tip (15-20%), and wine/drinks? When is your party? This weekend or a few weeks from now (it's wedding and graduation season, a lot of options may be booked already)?

            Able to accomodate large group meals:
            The Smith
            Stanton Social
            Jane
            Otto
            Alta
            'inoteca (LES and Gramercy one)
            Freemans
            Blue Ribbon Bakery
            Public
            Kuma Inn
            Perbacco (a family member went recently with a large group)
            Hecho en Dumbo (larger parties are encouraged to call ahead, not sure exactly what that means as they typically don't take reservations)
            Clinton Street Baking Company
            Pastis
            Tia Pol
            Landmarc
            Tabla
            Hill Country
            Breslin suckling pig dinner
            Daisy May's Big Pig Gig
            Locanda Verde
            Momofuku Noodle Bar fried chicken meal
            Momofuku Ssam Bar bo ssam meal
            Chinatown Brasserie
            Mercadito

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            1. re: kathryn

              I was thinking moderate in NYC would be around $80 a person total. I could be way off though! Also, the date is Saturday, May 22nd. I'm hoping this doesn't coincide with graduation festivities!
              Thanks everyone for the suggestions, I'm having a blast looking up all the websites!