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

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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  1. 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

      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.

    2. Buddakan?

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      Buddakan
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: nyctripper

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

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        Buddakan
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        1. re: Motosport

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

      2. 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

        1. Downstairs at El Parador.

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

          1. 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