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Jan 27, 2011 11:08 AM

need help with birthday restaurant suggestion

I'm planning for a birthday dinner for my bf. He doesn't really like fine dining, or any too-fancy restaurants. I want to take him to a fun place for birthday dinner. I have two places in mind: basta pasta or inakaya. The waiters there sing for your birthday and the places are pretty cool.
I wonder if any of you could help me with suggestion if you guys know any other places like these, where the waiters would sing happy birthday to you.


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  1. go to Panna II on 1st Ave and 6th. it's BYOB, inexpensive and totally nuts. you can't go wrong. the waiters don't sing, but they do have a Birthday Song and a light show.

    Panna II
    93 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: H Manning

        ok, but let's be clear about one thing - Panna II is not known for having exceptional food, not by any stretch of the word. it's a long narrow room, upstairs and next door to three other comparable Indian restaurants. each restaurant has a host standing outside trying to usher customers from their competitors. i've only ever been to Panna II - upstairs on the right. they have countless stringed lights all over the walls and ceiling. it's enough to induce a seizure. for birthdays, they flick on and off the lights while blaring an Indian disco song. i haven't been in years, but i can't imagine it has changed.

        Panna II
        93 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003