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Help...Guy Looking For a Fun Restaurant For 23rd Birthday With Friends: Must Have Good Food!

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adams728 May 1, 2012 08:52 AM

Hey... So I'm turning 23 in July and I was looking for a Fun restaurant I could go with friends before the bars. I want a place with good drinks, good food, and a fun atmosphere. Type of cuisine is not too important to me as I'm not picky.

Any Suggestions Please!?

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    fourunder May 1, 2012 08:56 AM

    Pig Roast or BBQ.....

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      thegforceny May 1, 2012 08:58 AM

      "Fun". "Good". Not really much to go on.

      Which meal? Dinner? Are you open to a boozy brunch/lunch if that suits your budget?
      How much you want to spend and does that include drinks? (Remember tax and tip adds another 25% or so.)
      How many people we talking about?
      All fun- and good-loving 23 year olds or thereabouts?

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        adams728 May 1, 2012 09:07 AM

        I'm sorry for such few details. You're right. First and foremost, it's definitely going to be a dinner. Amount of people is around 8. We're all looking to spend 20-30 dollars not including drinks or tip because I don't want to limit us too much but also nothing crazy because some are still in grad school and don't have jobs yet.

        I am not picky about cuisine. Were all a bunch of outgoing guys. It could be a loud place but doesn't have to be. Is that better?

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          ttoommyy May 2, 2012 07:18 AM

          The rooftop Birreria at Eataly would fit the bill.

          http://eatalyny.com/eat/birreria

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        small h May 1, 2012 09:06 AM

        Any particular reason this one question requires two threads? Or are you planning two separate events?

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/847036

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          adams728 May 1, 2012 09:10 AM

          Yea it is two separate events. That is for my school friends. The other is for my home friends. It didn't make sense to go out with twenty people in one night so I'm splitting the nights but thank you

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            small h May 1, 2012 09:22 AM

            Ah, I see. Thanks for clarifying.

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          ukitali May 1, 2012 10:32 AM

          Standard Biergarten, Blue Smoke and Hill Country could work.

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            kathryn May 2, 2012 06:47 AM

            I didn't think the Biergarten had really good food from what I tried (pretzel, some sausages).

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              ukitali May 2, 2012 09:45 AM

              He said he wanted good, not really good, haha. I thought it was ok given the atmosphere. I feel like a lot of fun, birthday kind of places do not have great food unfortunately.

          2. Spiritchaser May 1, 2012 12:09 PM

            How about DBGB? It's got great sausage and beer, definately a manly vibe, think you might have some fun there.

            1. LeahBaila May 2, 2012 06:22 AM

              If it were me (actually, I'm planning this for my own bday dinner in August), I'd do the "bo ssam" at Momofuku Ssam Bar, depending on how many of you there are.

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                thegforceny May 2, 2012 09:37 AM

                Rubirosa has a family-style menu for groups larger than 8.

                http://rubirosanyc.com/familystyle.html

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                  adams728 May 3, 2012 10:13 AM

                  bo ssam sounds interesting. Ill look into it. Thanks for the recs!

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                    LeahBaila May 3, 2012 10:22 AM

                    It's kind of a life-altering meal. At least it was for me. You and your friends will literally be in hog heaven.

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                      adams728 May 3, 2012 10:31 AM

                      If I have 8 - 10 people going... would I need two of them? or one with some apps?

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                        LeahBaila May 3, 2012 10:33 AM

                        You'd prob be OK w/ one and some apps!

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