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Tips for where to have my sweet 16 birthday dinner?

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I am having my Sweet 16 in the city for sure, but I can't decide on a place. I'm having around 20 girls for dinner, and I would not want to spend more than $40 a person.

I really want a place that has a fun, funky, cool atmosphere, with cool food. I don't want a casual pizza place, maybe a place I can dress up a little for.

This request also sounds a little weird, but I want a restaurant with fun, cool dessert. Maybe a place with huge cotton candy or just something fun!

Also, I do not want Lips... 3 of my friends have already had parties there, and I want to be a little bit different!

Let me know if you have any suggestions! Thanks!

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    1. Maybe the Library at Buddakan, you would have most of the room to yourself. Maybe Ninja in Tribeca, they do tricks and all sorts of stuff. Have you been to Jekyl and Hyde?
      also, bring your own cotton candy as give aways in packages. There's even a place online that will print your own label for you on the cotton candy.

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      1. re: foodwhisperer

        Thanks! I really like Buddakan- cool place. I have been to Jekyll and Hyde, I love it but I don't think I'm going to have my dinner there. But I am seriously considering Buddakan it looks so cool

      2. which one of the places did you end up going with from your post last year about your 15th birthday - perhaps your choice, and feedback, will help others answer your question here.

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        1. re: tex.s.toast

          last year I decided not to go into the city for my dinner and had it on long island so this year I want to have dinner in the city :)

          1. re: jacccx25

            Why not start then by investigating the places mentioned in last year's thread then?
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/771608

            1. re: scoopG

              If you count the number of places suggested in that thread there are only 4. Perhaps the OP has already researched those 4 and is asking for more suggestions to broaden the search. Plus, a lot of places open and close in 1 year's time.

              1. re: ttoommyy

                Except for Spice (not sure about that one), the places mentioned in that 2011 thread are still open for business.