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May 24, 2010 07:50 AM

Restaurant advice needed for niece's 16th birthday party: informal, subway line, $25/person, reservations

Hi all,

My sister is looking for a Toronto restaurant for my niece's 16th birthday party but has been having trouble finding an appropriate venue. The criteria:

- Informal

- Approx. $25/person max

- Must be able to take reservations for a 6 pm seating

- Close to the subway line and in a safe neighbourhood (latter because of some of the teen girls will be going on their own)

- Can hold at least 25 people

I'm giving my sister the URL for this thread so she can keep an eye on it.

Thank you SO MUCH for any/all suggestions!


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  1. In the west end, Sharkey's might fit the bill: http://www.sharkeysrestaurants.com/in...

    In Bloor West Village, so really safe. Across the street from Runnymede station.
    The atmosphere would be appropriate for 16 year olds. The menu is "global" so will suit many palates.
    Fits the budget.

    Good luck!

    1. This might be a job for Terroni (would recommend the Adelaide Street location which is relatively near to the King Station). They have a private room, a fun and lively vibe, and good food. But be warned that they also have a strict no-substitution policy in case you're dealing with fussy eaters.

      King Station
      4528 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1E2N8, CA

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      1. re: Rabbit

        You want to ruin her birthday, go there.

        1. re: TexSquared

          Yes, there are reports of service problems at Terroni. I have never experienced the same in many years.

          Supermarket is probably a decent pick for this crowd, but it is not on the subway line (as requested). Maybe one of the Greek restaurants on the Danforth? They can be really fun and many are big enough to accommodate larger parties?

      2. This is an older thread with some restaurants that are out of business (Little Tokyo Sushi and Shige, the two Pickering suggestions, are gone) but it does cover the age and price range you're looking for:


        Supermarket was the most recommended place in that thread and the OP did go there for her birthday and had a good time. I've never been so I can't comment on it. I would strongly recommend against Terroni, unless you like to be insulted by servers and ignored by managers and pay a premium for the privilege.

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        1. re: TexSquared

          Supermarket might have problems with 16 year-olds...while the food can be quite nice, it's mostly a bar (over 19)... tho its only 5 minutes from the Spadina subway station on the LRT, I wouldn't want my kid wandering around that neighbourhood (College & Spadina) after dark...I say Terroni...you know what you're getting...Marimba!

          1. re: Marimba

            I did not recommend (or recommend against) Supermarket, I merely repeated what was said in that older thread.

            I do recommend against Terroni since they have known service issues, which they seem to be proud of, as has been beaten to death on this board. Unless you like to pay more to be treated badly, look elsewhere. I'd sooner eat at a chain restaurant than Terroni.

            I think Rabbit hit the nail on the head -- the best place to go to satisfy the OP's requirements would be the Danforth. Safe neighbourhood with lots of people around, on the subway, and generally competitive prices given how many restaurants are concentrated there.

            That age group is old enough to recognize poor service, as well as appreciate food that tastes good but minus the snobby foodie attitude (for example, you won't hear a 16-year-old suggest we catch a flight to Tokyo to get sushi or complain about the "authenticity" of the Mexican food); so I'd even suggest chains might fit the bill.

            We may hate these places but, honestly, 16-year-olds would probably enjoy places like Joey, Milestone's, Spring Rolls, or Alice Fazooli's. Nothing wrong with that, those places are profitable because they know their target market and how to sell to them. They'll happily accomodate large groups, they'll play their favorite music loud over the speakers, and they don't have known service issues like you-know-where. We want these kids to enjoy themselves, it's a special occasion for them. Don't send them somewhere where they feel out of place and the staff will treat them like s--t.

            To the OP -- is there a particular kind of cuisine you're looking for? (i.e. are there any vegetarians in there, or people with shellfish allergies, that sort of thing)

            Alice Fazooli's
            294 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1P6, CA

        2. Here are a few websites of places that meet the criteria:
          Bar Mercurio http://www.barmercurio.com/
          Jaipur Grille http://www.jaipurgrille.com/
          Pantheon http://www.pantheonrestaurant.com/
          Tabule http://www.tabule.ca/

          I've dined at and enjoyed, to varying degrees, all of them.

          2009 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON M4S 1Z8, CA

          Bar Mercurio
          270 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S1V8, CA

          Jaipur Grille
          2066 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

          1. I just thought of one more.
            Five Doors North http://www.fivedoorsnorth.com/

            Five Doors North
            2088 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4S2A3, CA

            407 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA