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Fun Birthday Restaurant/Bar....under $20 per person?

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Hi,

I've read a ton of posts about 21st birthday party restaurants with a fun vibe, but they are all a little out of our price range. I've been looking at Cafeteria and Elmo, as well as Caliente Cab in the West Village. Just want to go somewhere fun for about 7 or 8 girls with strong, cheap drinks, a great lively atmosphere, and cheap food, but not sure if any of the above fit the bill.
By cheap I mean it would be great if we can each eat for less than $12! Any nationality is fine, but we'd like to get a little dressed up and have fun! Anywhere in Manhattan or Brooklyn is fine, pref. NOT midtown tourist area.
We're tired of the lower east side Thai places we've been to a thousand times and Dallas BBQ.
Any ideas?

Thanks!

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Cafeteria
119 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Elmo
156 7th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Caliente Cab Co.
61 7th Ave S, New York, NY 10014

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  1. Give Puck Fair a look. I can't quite remember how much the mixed drinks are, but they have an extensive beer menu, and the food is cheap and better than you'd expect. I like the shrimp quesadilla, the fries, and the toasties. It can get super-loud and packed, and there's often a DJ.

    http://www.puckfairbar.com/index.html

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    Puck Fair
    298 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012