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Mikiko Jan 25, 2011 11:14 AM

A group of 15 foodies from Boston are heading to NYC to celebrate a birthday in two weeks. We need a fun place to gather on Saturday night. We're looking for a lower price point but a place with a lot of character to mesh with our personalities!
Please help!

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    starvomarvo Jan 25, 2011 11:30 AM

    Are you looking for a restaurant, or a bar with food? Also, when you say lower price point, what range do you have in mind?

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      Mikiko Jan 25, 2011 11:53 AM

      We are looking for a bar that offers food. I said lower price point because we have some struggling musicians in the party, but we also have some cocktail aficianados in the party too. I'm trying to make an eclectic group happy!

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      Hey19 Jan 25, 2011 12:34 PM

      Jimmys 43?
      Cool beer bar, interesting food.
      Mayahuel?
      good tequila drinks, cool scene, good mexican.
      Pulinos?
      good drinks good beer, pizza, keith mcnally,

      Pulinos is prob my best pick I really like their drink menu, and have some cheap beers, and have a good range of prices on the food menu. Maybe would be tough w 15, come to think of it...

      man all those will be tough w 15... Pulinos maybe the easiest.

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      Mayahuel
      304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

      Pulino's
      282 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

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        starvomarvo Jan 25, 2011 12:44 PM

        Anyplace in Manhattan will be tough for 15 on a Sat, but those are all good ideas, especially if your group can get to them early. I would also add Lani Kai, Summit Bar, and Keg 229 to the mix of options; all of them will take a group reservation if you call or email ahead.

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        Lani Kai
        525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

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          kathryn Jan 26, 2011 08:37 AM

          I love Lani Kai's cocktails and food. But the food is really pricey. I think my husband and I racked up a $130 bill with a few drinks and a few rounds of food each. The poke is $15 but only 3-4 oz of fish. The sliders? $4. Each.

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          Lani Kai
          525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

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            ug123 Jan 18, 2012 07:28 PM

            Hi Kathryn, I'm thinking of having a big group dinner at Lani Kai. I was wondering if you've tried the entrees there before and if you could comment on what the atmosphere is like on a weekend night. I'm looking for somewhere fun with good food, drinks and music. Thanks!

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              kathryn Jan 18, 2012 10:16 PM

              The menu has changed a bit with the new chef so I can't comment on the entrees. But is it pretty loud and fun on a weekend night.

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          kathryn Jan 26, 2011 08:29 AM

          Jimmy's No 43 would be a great pick. Hopefully they can take a reservation for a big group.

          Mayahuel is a great place but I'm guessing there's at least one person of the 15 who doesn't like tequila (or says they don't like because they had a single bad experience in college). Also, it's not exactly cheap, some may balk at the price tag for cocktails.

          Pulino's is insanely loud even on weekdays, so I wouldn't go there, especially on a Saturday night.

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          Mayahuel
          304 E 6th St, New York, NY 10003

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          eeee Jan 25, 2011 05:27 PM

          Look into Spitzer's Corner or the Smith. The latter is more of a pubby restaurant but you can order wine by the carafe, make a reservation for 15 and they won't care if everyone eats or not.

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          Spitzer's Corner
          101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

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            kathryn Jan 26, 2011 08:38 AM

            Note that both are pretty loud. Spitzer's especially, on a weekend night.

          2. Monica Jan 19, 2012 06:21 AM

            How about Japanese Izakaya like Village Yokoho and Sake bar Hagi. Cheap Japanese beer and cheap but great food.

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            Hagi
            152 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

            Village Yokocho
            8 Stuyvesant St, New York, NY 10003

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              small h Jan 19, 2012 08:30 AM

              I would not recommend walking into either place on a Saturday night with 15 people and expecting to be seated in a timely fashion.

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