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40th B-day Dinner in the East Village for 10?

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bustapoo Jun 27, 2010 01:28 PM

Looking for recs for my hubby's 40th b-day dinner in the East Village for 10 (party includes one vegetarian). Open to any and all cuisines, so long as food is excellent, but don't want it to be too sceney or crowded. Hearth is a frontrunner right now, but want to explore somewhat less pricey options as well. Looking for recs other than Mermaid Inn, Kanoyama, Apiary, I Coppi, the Momofukos and DBGB. B-day thankfully is still a few weeks away, so have time to make reservation! Thanks!

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

Kanoyama
175 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

I Coppi
432 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

DBGB
299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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    gutsofsteel Jun 27, 2010 01:37 PM

    Hearth is a great choice - but be sure to reserve for a large party ahead of time.

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      Littleman Jun 27, 2010 02:19 PM

      Hearth is a great choice. I like Prune's also. Call ahead for your party of 10 to be sure but they do serve large groups. Good luck and HB to your husband. And many more.

      Prune @ 54 East 1st St., New York, NY 212 - 677 - 6221.

      http://www.prunerestaurant.com/

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        gutsofsteel Jun 27, 2010 02:28 PM

        Prune for a large group would be like putting elephants in a sardine can.

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          Littleman Jun 27, 2010 02:37 PM

          I knew it was a very small restaurant but it's a lot of fun so I checked their website which indicates they can accomodate 9/14 guests. Pack em in who cares as long as it's fun. John Currence has a similar place in Oxford, MS long and narrow but he justs packs em in. Good luck.

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            gutsofsteel Jun 27, 2010 02:42 PM

            Prune is simply an uncomfortable place to sit for any length of time, and especially so for a large group. There's nothing "fun" about being crammed in like sardines.

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              Littleman Jun 27, 2010 05:08 PM

              I agree with you. Chef Currence's City Grocery is like that. It's long and narrow and crowded. You can't hear when they are busy. I just grin and nod like I hear and take another drink. Maybe Prune is not as bad as Elephants maybe just bulldogs. Those Ole Miss Fans don't like Bulldogs. Good luck.

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                kathryn Jun 27, 2010 09:05 PM

                Their web site says they can do groups of nine to fourteen along the banquette but the banquette isn't that comfortable. Also the price appears to be a $65 prix fixe before tax, tip, and drinks, which seems a little on the high end.

                Any time someone has to go to the restroom at Prune, it's like Tetris getting in and back out. Also the tables are much too small to fit all of the plates and glasses. I love the food there, but would not go there with more than four people (MAYBE six if you could guarantee the downstairs table). Great food, lovely atmosphere, nice service. You could SEAT ten but it may not be comfortable.

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            chow_gal Jun 27, 2010 05:17 PM

            Much too small!

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            RIFK Jun 27, 2010 03:30 PM

            There is a Greek restaurant called Pylos with really great, fresh food and a pretty nice wine list. The atmosphere is really nice and it's fairly laid back, but you definitely need reservations. It's not a "scene," just hard to get into because it's popular. (128 E. 7th Street). Have fun!

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            Pylos
            128 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

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              kathryn Jun 27, 2010 09:05 PM

              I've done a group that large for brunch there. Dinner is more crowded, but they can certainly handle a group that size, and rather comfortably. Do call ahead, of course! Reservations recommended.

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