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Big Bday dinner for Mom--she loves ethnic and fun places she can't find in the 'burbs

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Hi there. There are 6-8 of us for my mom's birthday dinner. She loves ethnic food--Indian, Vietnamese, Thai--but most of the places I go to are too divey or too expensive for the occasion. If you remember OG in the EV, that's along the lines I'm thinking. Good, fun, and I'd say no more than 40-45/head with a drink. I prefer to stay downtown--West or EV, Gramercy/Flatiron etc...Further down is also fine but I'm thinking there are likely the best options in EV.

She also likes yummy comfort food and I am thinking about Northern Spy Co or 6th Street Kitchen. Thoughts? Not sure if Northern takes rezzies but I can call in the AM. If there are others (not Perilla, which we won't get into) you can rec like these, I'm open.

Thanks a mill...

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Perilla
9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

6th Street Kitchen
507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

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  1. Perhaps the newly opened Kin Shop?

    Or Kuma Inn on the LES which is Thai-Filipino small plates? It's BYOB which keeps the costs down.

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    Kuma Inn
    113 Ludlow St, New York, NY 10002

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    1. re: kathryn

      thanks, kathryn! great suggestions. will see if either can accommodate.

    2. Penang on Elizabeth St. in Chinatown may also be a good pick. It's Malaysian, BYOB, has a fun atmosphere (a little kitschy, but fun...my mom would love it), great for groups, plus has the bonus of feeling a bit off the beaten path. It has a mix of Americanized food for the less adventurous & really good Malaysian specials. (Looking @ $7-$15 pp for the main course.) They have good dessert, too, although it is a couple short blocks to Chinatown Ice Cream Factory.

      I don't think Penang has a website, but you can find info on it by Googling "Penang Chinatown Restaurant."

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      1. re: nyny12345

        u rock. sounds perfect. thank you!!

      2. What about Laut? It's Malaysian, not insanely expensive, and they just received a Michelin star this year.

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        Laut
        15 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: loratliff

          You're kidding! (abt the Michelin star) I am so happy for them. I have been there a few times and enjoyed it. Also a good idea for mom. Thank you!

          1. re: fat parish

            The Michelin star is true. Not to say, correct. There has been considerable mystified comment.

        2. Blaue Gans - austrian in Tribeca

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          Blaue Gans
          139 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013