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Fun birthday spot for 30-somethings - YO to White Plains please!

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Hi everyone! Hope you can help me with some suggestions, because I'm drawing a total blank! My friend originally wanted us to schedule her birthday dinner at the Melting Pot, but the group set pricetag was a little too steep for some of the people joining us (7 altogether), so we're now back to square one. Are there any fun, or themed restos (like the Melting Pot) that you can think of in the lower Westchester area -- Yonkers to White Plains? Thanks so much!

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  1. I saw the price since I was just looking for my bday and wow. I agree. Although a chain we were looking also at PF Changs which is supposed to be fun and has the bonus of indoor parking.

    In any case some of the places in this Journal News article sound promising.
    http://food.lohudblogs.com/2011/01/27...

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    1. re: rolise

      It's pretty hefty, isn't it?! PF Changs might be a good bet though - good call - thanks! Love their food - and the indoor parking is a HUGE plus! Will run it by the guest of honor... :o)

      1. re: Sra. Swanky

        I went to PF Changs with a large group of ladies and we had a wonderful time. They honored our reservation on a Saturday night,. the waitress helped us select a variety of items and we passed the plates around. It was fun and not expensive. I would highly recommend it.

    2. If you're looking for a lively, fun atmosphere, you can make a reservation at the Cookery for a group that large if it's on the weekend (they take res for any size group Sun-Thurs). I know there are mixed feelings about the noise there, but especially if drinks are involved, I think it would be really festive for a group. Have you been there?

      I'm going to Zitoune in Mamk this weekend for the first time, which is "themed" in that it's Moroccan and I think they may have live entertainment at times, so I'll report back on that!

      Also fun, though the food is a bit more average than Cookery, for a crowd-- Rye Bar and Grill.

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      Zitoune
      1127 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

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      1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

        I like the food at the Cookery but I can't image a large party in there-- the place is small.

        1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

          Thanks, ice cream! Haven't checked out the Cookery yet - hope to very soon!
          Yes - please report back on Zitoune -- looks like a really fun night out - especially with the live entertainment.

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          Zitoune
          1127 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck, NY 10543

        2. What were you quoted at MP? Or, a better question would be, what are you trying to come in at per person? That might help us make better suggestions for you.

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          1. re: MRS

            The price would be about $65 per person with tax & tip (not including the b-day girl's amount, of course) -- a bit steep for a chain restaurant -- and too much for us to spend since we'd like to have some $ left over to treat her to karaoke & an after-dinner nightcap!

            We'd like to keep the price under $50 per person - if possible.

          2. Noda Hibachi, in White Plains, is a theme place and the chef puts on a real show right in front of you. Ballet with the salt shakers! Lots of room, and not a chain.

            Or, Edo in Pelham or Port Chester with the same theme. Edo is a little pricier than Noda, but is also more attractive.

            N.B. The Round/Square tables at these places are also conducive to group dining, conversation is possible with everyone, unlike a long rectangular table...

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            Edo Restaurant
            4787 Boston Post Rd, Pelham, NY 10803

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            1. re: menton1

              Love Noda --- hopefully I can get a quote that's lower than the Melting Pot - thanks!

              1. re: Sra. Swanky

                Why do you need a quote for a party of 7? Can't you just reserve and order off the menu?

                1. re: menton1

                  We could -- and we'll do that - I just have to keep budget constraints in mind for everybody.

            2. I think you should skip Edo. I won't get into the specifics b/c the Chowhound Staff won't like what I have to say, but my friends left there last week due to a cleanliness problem,

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              Edo Restaurant
              4787 Boston Post Rd, Pelham, NY 10803

              1. There is a wonderful wine bar called Caffé Azzurri in Hartsdale. It has wonderful food and a nice bar area to sit and grab a drink efore or after dinner.