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Cheapish 15-person birthday dinner off the L in Williamsburg/Greenpoint

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fourtothefloor Apr 25, 2011 04:15 PM

Hey guys,

My friend is coming to town for her birthday this weekend, and we're looking for a good place to have a birthday dinner for her (actually, a surprise birthday dinner) in the Williamsburg/Greenpoint area, preferably off the L so it's easy for the Manhattanites who will be coming.

The problem is, we want something that can accommodate at least 10-15 people on a Saturday night, and something where at least half the entrees are no more than $20. In other words, I don't want the only thing under 20 bucks to be the $19 risotto with garden peas (read: a sprinkling that cost 35 cents to defrost and throw in the pot). We'll probably be getting wine and such, so I don't want to repeat a recent birthday dinner in which we were all shamed into spending $60 per person. You know the deal.

All in all, I'd like it to be delicious and birthday fancy looking, but not too fancily priced in the end. Any recommendations?

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    Glendale is hungry RE: fourtothefloor Apr 25, 2011 07:13 PM

    Hi fourtothefloor,

    Dumont

    http://www.dumontrestaurant.com/

    Their menu is in your price range, it's off the Lorimer Street stop of the L train and they have a back garden area that should be able to accommodate 15. Also, the food's delish.

    Ciao,

    Glendale is hungry...

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    DuMont
    432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

    1. chompchomp RE: fourtothefloor Apr 27, 2011 09:35 AM

      Aurora? Looks kind of fancy. Reserve the back room if you can?

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      Aurora
      70 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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        gort RE: fourtothefloor Apr 27, 2011 12:30 PM

        It think that your best bet is to find a place that will take reservations. I really like DuMont, but I can't imagine that they would be able to accommodate a group of 15 on a Saturday night without a lengthy wait. Have you checked out Walter Foods?

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        DuMont
        432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        Walter Foods
        253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          quizkiddonniesmith RE: fourtothefloor Apr 28, 2011 08:06 AM

          Baci and Abracci, Fiore, and Il Passatore priced italian and generally excellent options in the neighborhood.

          Roberta's has a resonable group package, but you'll likely not be able to book it with such short notice.

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          Baci & Abbracci
          204 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Il Passatore
          14 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Roberta's
          261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

          Fiore
          284 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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            chompchomp RE: quizkiddonniesmith Apr 28, 2011 09:31 AM

            Love Baci and Abracci but it can be deafeningly loud with a group. Also, just remembered the jumbo table at Samurai Mama. Could be good, and that place is also fairly reasonable.

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            Samurai Mama
            205 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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            Tay RE: fourtothefloor Apr 28, 2011 08:54 AM

            Forget Williamsburg/Greenpoint. Your financial parameters are just too limiting, esp considering the Sat night handicap and the short time left.
            Best bet:
            Head to B'klyn's Chinatown and order dishes for the table. You'll get the most bang for your buck.

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