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birthday dinner for a 17 year old girl

ellaminnop Feb 27, 2012 01:15 PM

I am planning to take ten 17 year old girls out for dinner to celebrate my daughter's birthday on a Friday night in March. I would like to do a "tour" evening -- dinner someplace, dessert someplace else, maybe even a third place. Suggestions?

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    Simon Feb 27, 2012 03:56 PM

    As happens often in posts like this, more info is needed for chowhounds to give you good suggestions:

    -- any cuisine preferences?...dietary restrictions?...vegetarians in the group?...any cuisines that are out?...

    -- cost...how much do you want to spend per person including tax/tip?

    -- what does your daughter like in terms of atmosphere, vibe, etc?...i know 17-yr-olds who know the names of the most obscure varieties of raw seafood in several languages...and i know 17-yr-olds who'd be happiest w/ a plain cheese pizza...ones who've already been modeling and clubbing in Paris and Tokyo for a few years by the time they hit 17...and others who've rarely eaten out w/o their parents...

    Given that it's 10+ people and you're going out on a Friday, the sooner you pick a place, the better to get a reservation...

    And without knowing any of the above criteria, my first suggestions would be either Cacio e Vino (rustic East Village Italian) or Malatesta (rustic West Village Italian), as both are moderately priced and can satisfy a variety of food preferences in a big group, yet charming enough to be festive...

    Report back w/ details and i'm sure more chowhounds will chime in :)

    649 Washington St, New York, NY 10014

    Cacio e Vino
    80 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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      ellaminnop Feb 27, 2012 04:17 PM

      I believe it to be more helpful to try to be a bit more specific. These kids are mini-foodies. I would want to come in at about $30-35 a head for the kids for the dinner. I want it to be an experience so I thought it would be cool to take them to a different dessert place. Maybe 2 dessert places. We have a limo so transportation around the city is not a problem. The birthday girl loves french bisto or tuscan food... any suggestions?

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      1. re: ellaminnop
        Simon Feb 27, 2012 04:40 PM

        $30-35 is a little tight, if that's including tax/tip...but definitely doable at Malatesta (google it and see what you think: NY Magazine has a fairly accurate take on it i think -- sidenote: Malatesta is cash-only), and somewhat doable at Cacio e Vino...both places have charming service...you might be able to arrange a family style meal for the group at Cacio e Vino

        French bistro is a little more difficult pricewise as you're less likely to be sharing dishes than at the Italian places -- Cercle Rouge (Tribeca) might be your best option but will be closer to 40-45/person before tax/tip...

        Another option is DBGB...

        For dessert places, i'd say do a search here: there are many threads about where to go just for dessert...places like The Spot (St. Marks) are mentioned frequently...and while i don't like Momofuku Milk Bar myself, many other chowhounds like it...DBGB also has good desserts (a very picky dessert-loving 18-yr-old friend of mine liked their chocolate mousse better than any other dessert in town when we went exploring chocolate options for her last summer)...

        Please report back and let us know how it goes...

        Cercle Rouge
        241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

        299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

        Momofuku Milk Bar
        251 E 13th St, New York, NY 10003

        Spot Dessert Bar
        13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003

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        Linsybee1 Feb 28, 2012 12:18 PM

        I think Otto would be ideal for this price range and party size...good italian food at a reasonable price and a fun atmosphere.

        As far as dessert goes I second the Milk Bar idea, or you could go somewhere like milk and cookies in the west village or even Dylan's Candy Bar. Dylan's actually has a party room upstairs and they can probably arrange something special for you. The ultimate (although semi-touristy) dessert spot is Serendipity, but you would definitely need to make a reservation. The final dessert place that comes to mind is Choco Bolo, it has a few different locations around the city and is awesome.

        1 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

        Milk & Cookies
        19 Commerce St, New York, NY 10014

        Dylan's Candy Bar
        1011 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10021

        55 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

        Momofuku Milk Bar
        561 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10024

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        1. re: Linsybee1
          JeremyEG Feb 29, 2012 11:25 AM

          Second Otto. Hard to leave though without getting the olive oil gelato!

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            ellaminnop Feb 29, 2012 07:38 PM

            thanks everyone. have more info -- we looked at the menus for Otto and my daughter wasn't too excited. she didn't like the concept of a pizzeria and Otto's group dining is very pizza oriented. can i please have your suggestions for something other than italian...maybe american. thoughts?

            1. re: ellaminnop
              Linsybee1 Feb 29, 2012 07:59 PM

              You can definitely create your own group menu outside of the one that they have on their website, but if you are interested in something other then italian then Otto is not the right place anyway!

              Pipa is a great party restaurant, really cool big beautiful space, it's not American food..it's tapas, but that can be fun and allows everyone to try a lot of different things, so check that out.

              Another great place, which your daughter and her friends would think is really cool, is The Smith in the East Village. The food is great and there are a ton of options. The only issue is that it may be a little out of your price range. Perhaps if you call them they can arrange something special for you.

              For something entirely different check out Gyu-Kaku-there is a location in East Village and one in Midtown. It's an Asian restaurant where you cook your own food on a grill in the middle of the table. It's really fun, and I know they definitely have party menus. It's like a grown up version of Habachi.

              If none of those appeal to your daughter let me know and I will try to think of more places!

              34 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003

              805 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10022

              38 East 19th Street, New York, NY 10003

              The Smith
              55 3rd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

              The Smith
              956 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10022

              1. re: Linsybee1
                Simon Feb 29, 2012 08:31 PM

                i disagree on The Smith...i think the food is like TGIF for NYU students: bland and boring...

                Pipa is an interesting idea...haven't had a full meal there in a while, but the setting and variety of dishes could be fun...

                Another option that is over the initial price point but a lovely place is Balaboosta in Nolita...

                1. re: Simon
                  Linsybee1 Feb 29, 2012 08:43 PM

                  The Smith has recently revamped their menu and added a bunch of new and good/interesting options. I don't know if it's what this family is looking for but I don't agree about it being a TGIF for NYU students at all.

                  1. re: Linsybee1
                    Simon Feb 29, 2012 09:50 PM

                    i ate at The Smith a couple weeks ago: the menu was as dull as ever and seemed more or less the same as when i went there a few months ago...my food was as i described: as forgettable as any chain (TGIF, Applebee's, etc) but w/ just a hint of downtown vibe to disguise the bland cuisine...what do you like there?...,if there is something good on the menu, i'd like to know it, as i live somewhat nearby...

                    1. re: Simon
                      Linsybee1 Mar 1, 2012 11:56 AM

                      I like a bunch of the menu items: Hot Potato Chips with Blue Cheese Fondue, Roasted Tomato Soup with Cheddar Melt, Mac and Cheese, Steak Salad, the grilled shrimp main course, the orecchiette...those are the only things I've tried on the dinner menu but all have been good. I really like their brunch and the desserts are great also. You certainly don't have to agree with me...everyone on these boards is allowed their own opinion, but I think it would be a really fun spot for a birthday dinner.

        2. visciole Mar 1, 2012 02:50 PM

          Does she like Chinese? You could have a real banquet for $35 each and maybe sit at one of those big round tables at one of the nicer places in Chinatown.

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