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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/...