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Apr 25, 2011 04:15 PM

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

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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  1. Hi fourtothefloor,


    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.


    Glendale is hungry...

    432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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

      70 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

      1. 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?

        432 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        Walter Foods
        253 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

        1. 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.

          Baci & Abbracci
          204 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          Il Passatore
          14 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          261 Moore St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

          284 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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          1. re: quizkiddonniesmith

            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.

            Samurai Mama
            205 Grand St, Brooklyn, NY 11211

          2. 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.