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Looking for a typical New York restaurant to celebrate a 30th birhday for a group of Aussies

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My friend from Australia is spending her 30th birthday in New York (Manhattan) so a group of her friends are flying over to to help her celebrate. The group will be a mixed bunch and various ages and we are looking for some suggestions on where to dine. We would ideally like a typical New York restaurant - be it modern or traditional - and mid price range. We are not going to be in Manhattan until June for the birthday so something outdoor might be fun.

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  1. Outside seating can be tough as it is usually first come, first served, and many places don't let you reserve specifically for the sidewalk/garden/etc tables. Also sudden thunderstorms may mess with your plans.

    How big is your group? Usually more than 5 is large for Manhattan. Are you OK with a prix fixe package? Most restaurants will force you to do this to ease up strain on the kitchen trying to send out food all at the same time for a big group of people.

    How much are you willing to spend per person before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

    Any favorite neighborhoods or cuisines that the birthday girl would prefer?

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thanks for the information about the outside seating - it was only an idea but I think I can forget that.

      The group will be at least 10 people so again thanks for the information regarding group bookings. I don't think there would be a problem at all with a fixed price package - it does tend to make life a little easier with big groups anyway.

      I should think upto $100 pp would not be unreasonable before tax and drinks is another matter all together.

      We will be staying around mid Manhattan so anywhere easily accessable from there would be ideal.

    2. How about Dos Caminos? They have several branches - but they have nice outdoor spaces (so long as you book in advance) in Soho and Meatpacking districts. Their menu is Mexican with great cocktails.

      Sushi Samba in Soho has a nice rooftop restaurant. But they're a bit on the expensive side.

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      Dos Caminos
      475 West Broadway, New York, NY 10012

      SushiSamba 7
      87 Seventh Avenue South, New York, NY 10014

      Dos Caminos
      675 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014