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Daughter's 20th birthday - looking for a restaurant that would be fun & have great food

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mustangman Nov 13, 2011 01:09 PM

Will be taking my daughter and her friend out for dinner in Manhattan for her 20th birthday. They want to go to a place that's "fun", and also is a bit special and has great food (American, New American, Eclectic, not too into seafood / tired of Italian). Casual or upscale casual is OK, but not "stuffy"....did I mention they want it to be fun :-) ?

Kind of at a loss on this one...any suggestions definitely appreciated! Thanks.

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  1. Winterpool RE: mustangman Nov 13, 2011 01:30 PM

    Does your daughter live in New York, or will she be visiting? Are you familiar with other restaurants she's enjoyed? What sort of budget would be appropriate ('casual' can still translate to 'awfully dear' in New York)?

    Based on almost no data, let me throw Red Rooster into the ring. And a bit more centrally located: the Bar Room at The Modern.

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    The Modern
    9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019

    Red Rooster
    310 Lenox Ave, New York, NY 10027

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      carfreeinla RE: mustangman Nov 13, 2011 02:55 PM

      I just took my daughter for her 17th Birthday to Public. Perfect!

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      Public
      210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

      1. princeofpork RE: mustangman Nov 13, 2011 04:37 PM

        Stanon Social, Buddakhan, Tao.....How into food is she vs the scene?

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        Buddakan
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Stanton Social
        99 Stanton Street, New York, NY 10002

        Tao
        42 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022

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          mustangman RE: mustangman Nov 13, 2011 04:44 PM

          Thanks for the tips, and sorry I was a bit short of info in my post. She goes to college in the Bronx, and has gone to most of the Arthur Avenue and vicinity restaurants which explains why they wanted a change of pace from Italian.

          I know they've gone to The Cafeteria and had a good time (food was OK). Closer to school, they like Pasquale's Rigoletto for atmosphere and food (although she likes the food at Zero Otto Nove better).

          I'm pretty flexible with budget, probably up to about $350-$400 for the 3 of us (no liquor / wine should make this do-able).

          Any suggestions / updates are welcome!

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          Cafeteria
          119 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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            Barcelonian RE: mustangman Nov 14, 2011 08:07 AM

            Beauty and Essex, ABC Kitchen, La Esquina, Minetta Tavern, Locanda Verde, Peels, Casa Mono (not sure how fun that one is but it's lively enough).

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            Casa Mono
            52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

            Minetta Tavern
            113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

            La Esquina
            106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012

            Locanda Verde
            377 Greenwich St, New York, NY 10013

            ABC Kitchen
            35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

            Peels
            325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

            Beauty & Essex
            146 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

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              princeofpork RE: Barcelonian Nov 14, 2011 09:22 AM

              Whats Peels like?

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                niia RE: princeofpork Nov 15, 2011 07:35 AM

                This could be fun: http://thehurricaneclub.com

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                  kathryn RE: niia Nov 15, 2011 09:10 AM

                  The atmosphere at Hurricane Club is fun but the drinks are not good and overpriced (especially in comparison to PKNY or Lani Kai). I haven't tried the food. Just so you know what you're getting into...

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                  PKNY
                  49 Essex St, New York, NY 10002

                  Hurricane Club
                  360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

                  Lani Kai
                  525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012

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                    princeofpork RE: kathryn Nov 15, 2011 09:12 AM

                    Very fun atmosphere for a bunch of girls. The place is packed lively and filled with "beautiful" people. THis is a great choice for a girls 20th celebration. You might want to try Lavo as well.

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                    Lavo
                    39 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022

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                  Barcelonian RE: princeofpork Nov 16, 2011 09:00 AM

                  Food is decent (I've been for brunch and dinner) but nothing fabulous. It feel farmhouse-y but the crowd is young and pretty trendy. There are long lines for brunch and dinner on the weekends. I've also been for cocktails later in the evening. I'd say it would be appropriate for a fun dinner for a 20th birthday with dad and daughter.

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                  Peels
                  325 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

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              goldrush RE: mustangman Nov 16, 2011 10:11 AM

              buvette or breslin

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                uwsister RE: mustangman Nov 16, 2011 05:05 PM

                I'd consider Beauty & Essex too. Food is surprisingly good, and it's still pretty hip.

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