Like a Fridays or Applebees, but with good food?
Looking to take a 22 year old guy out for a college graduation celebration (there would just be 3 people here). Looking for some place with a fun, party-like atmosphere without being too divey. Also, good food is a must. Nothing ultra-sophisticated, but not a corner burger joint either. American food with some good steak options would be best. Thanks!
What is your budget? When it this happening? (these are the same questions asked of you last time you posted this thread (two years ago) http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/647810 ) Has your budget increased or is it still "a max of about $30 per entree? plus drinks, appetizers, etc." ?
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012
Minetta could work, but good luck getting a rez for this weekend. Also, the crowd might be a bit of an older one. While it's far from sedate, it's more "party-like" for people in their late thirties. How about (for another McNally resto) Schiller's Liquor Bar? Definitely party-like on the weekends, solid food, scene is more in his age range, and well within your budget.
Other options coming to mind:
Les Halles: Gets a good crowd on the weekend, though it might skew a little older - more of a late 20s / early 30s group.
Marc Forgione: Good place for both foodies and non-foodies. Might be a touch more expensive (IIRC, entrees are $29-$34, give or take) but worth a few extra dollars. Food is a little more creative, but vibe is still very "neighborhoody" and can be party-like, especially on the weekends. Conveniently located near Ward III, a great cocktail spot to hit before or after.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie: 20+ different entrees to choose from, real "something for everyone" kind of place, usually a couple steaks - a hanger steak on the regular menu and an unlisted Angus steak-for-two that seems to have been "today's special" for the last ten years.
The Smith: happening East Village location, all entrees under $25, steaks under $30. Good variety to the menu, mostly young crowd.
Blue Ribbon Brasserie
97 Sullivan St, New York, NY 10012
15 John Street, New York, NY 10038
411 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10016
Schiller's Liquor Bar
131 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003
134 Reade Street, New York, NY 10013
111 Reade St, New York, NY 10013
These restaurants all look really great. Thank you so much everyone!!! I've got some great options now... Especially liking The Smith