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fun restaurant for 18 yr old boy's birthday, large party = help need recs!!

asianbun Oct 6, 2010 07:29 AM

my friends nephew is turning 18, they live in NJ, looking for a recommendation that is entertaining, lively and can accommodate a large crowd.

all recs appreciated!

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    AubWah Oct 6, 2010 02:52 PM

    upstairs at cantoon garden

    1. princeofpork Oct 6, 2010 02:45 PM

      Downstairs at Blue Water Grill.

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      Blue Water Grill
      31 Union Square West, New York, NY 10003

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        Chuck Lawrence Oct 6, 2010 02:18 PM

        Blue Ribbon Bakery (they can get their own semi-private room)
        Double Crown
        Public

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        Blue Ribbon Bakery
        33 Bedford St, New York, NY 10014

        Double Crown
        316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

        1. princeofpork Oct 6, 2010 01:58 PM

          Downstairs at El Parador.

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          El Parador
          325 East 34th Street, New York, NY 10016

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            msny98 Oct 6, 2010 12:51 PM

            Dinosaur BBQ or Wildwood BBQ is perfect for this

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            Dinosaur Bar-B-Que
            777 W. 125th Street, New York, NY 10027

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              nyctripper Oct 6, 2010 09:06 AM

              Buddakan?

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              Buddakan
              75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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              1. re: nyctripper
                Motosport Oct 6, 2010 09:38 AM

                I second Buddakan. Sounds perfect for sophisticated diners. Entertaining too!

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                Buddakan
                75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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                  mom22tots Oct 6, 2010 12:57 PM

                  Another vote for Buddakan....fun scene and great for a big group.

              2. Motosport Oct 6, 2010 07:42 AM

                El Rio Grande if you like Mexican.
                One of the family style Little Italy places like Puglia's would be fun too.
                Out of town friends rave about Carmine's but we have avoided it as too touristy but it may be perfect for you.

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                El Rio Grande
                160 East 38th Street, New York, NY 10016

                Puglia
                189 Hester St, New York, NY 10013

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                1. re: Motosport
                  asianbun Oct 6, 2010 07:44 AM

                  thanks, carmine's is definitely too touristy. The boy and his family are quite sophisticated and have dined many places in manhattan , all upscale, but looking for something a little more entertaining.

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