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Two college students looking to celebrate 19th birthday in DC

We are students at UMD and looking to celebrate our 19th birthdays in DC with a bunch of friends. We want a fun place with great food and ambiance - all cuisines considered - looking to spend around a range of $25 to $40 per person.

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  1. Ideas:
    Lauriol Plaza- doesn't get much love on this board, I like the cuban and peruvian dishes, they are the stronger things to get.
    Ted's Bulletin or Cava on Capitol Hill
    Marvin
    Masa 14
    Jaleo or Oyamel (though tapas prices add up quickly)
    Sette Osteria in Dupont

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    Sette Osteria
    1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Lauriol Plaza
    1835 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Masa 14
    1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

    Ted's Bulletin
    505 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003

    1. Lauriol would be perfect for this - it's loud, busy, and a great celebration environment. My fiance and I get out of there for $34 between the two of us, so it's definitely budget friendly. Also consider Busboys and Poets - definitely inexpensive and a great place to celebrate with friends.

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        1. re: chicken kabob

          Will Granville Moore let you in if you are under 21, isn't it a bar?

          1. re: ktmoomau

            They'll definitely let you in; it's more a restaurant with a bar than a bar, really. But, depending on the size of your group, I'm not sure I would recommend it for a party. It tends to get pretty crowded in there.

        2. re: Jeserf

          The problem with those 2 places is you can't make a reservation, which could be tough with a large group.

          1. re: Jeserf

            The problem is I don't think either of those places takes reservations...which could be difficult for a large group. And since they are underage, it's not like they can kill time waiting at the bar.

          2. Masa 14 and Sette Osteria are both good recommendations. I would also look in to Regent Thai, Ping Pong Dim Sum, Marvin, and Agora.

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            Sette Osteria
            1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

            Ping Pong Dim Sum
            900 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

            Masa 14
            1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

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            1. re: Elyssa

              Granville Moore's is also known for their mussels & frites. Bobby Flay had a showdown there.

              I really dislike Ping Pong Dim Sum. I thought the food was terrible.

              1. re: Elyssa

                Masa 14 would be a perfect choice. Easy to get to, great atmosphere and small plates are great for sharing with a group.

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                Masa 14
                1825 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009

              2. 2-Amys
                Matchbox
                Cuba Libre
                dc Chophouse

                1. Carmine's for Italian - huge portions meant to share.

                  http://www.carminesnyc.com/pdf/menus/...

                  1. It might stretch your budget, but I'd go to Jaleo. It's a great place to celebrate, particualrly if you're going with people who like to share.

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                    1. re: Raids

                      Hit Cafe Asia at Happy Hour for drink specials and an inexpensive meal 18th and I next to Eye Bar

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                      Cafe Asia
                      1720 I St NW Unit Frnt, Washington, DC 20006

                      1. re: agarnett100

                        I'm sorry, but Cafe Asia is depressingly worn down. I went there for dinner a couple months ago and was positively depressed by the decor, torn carpeting, etc. Also it's cheaper than what the OP is looking for, so it's not necessary to make the sacrifice there.

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                        Cafe Asia
                        1720 I St NW Unit Frnt, Washington, DC 20006

                        1. re: hamster

                          Also, they've carded the few times I've been to Cafe Asia. Not a good place for 19 year olds to hit up for drink specials.

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                          Cafe Asia
                          1720 I St NW Unit Frnt, Washington, DC 20006

                          1. re: Snd485

                            and while it may show my age - it's too dang loud for 2 people huddled knee to knee to talk, much less a group.

                      1. re: spinachandchocolate

                        Be forewarned that Matchbox gets really, really loud and long waits are to be expected. I think their pizza is mediocre but a lot of others love it. I hear the Capitol HIll location is better than the one at Chinablock, which is the only one I've been to.