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Celebrating 26th Birthday Dinner

Looking for somewhere to celebrate my 26th birthday. Dinner and drinks with close friends in DC, live and fun enviornment. Age group about late 20's to early 30's. Somewhere good food and inexpensive as well. Thanks in advance

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  1. Not in this town. Try Ybor City in Tampa. Before or after the Republican Convention, if at all possible. That's a great town to be in your twenties. DC is only for junior old people.

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    1. re: flavrmeistr

      You are kidding right?? There are PLENTY of places to celebrate a birthday in your 20s. I managed to celebrate all my birthdays in my 20s here and have a great time.

      Cava and Estadio are great ideas. I LOVE Graffiato but I'm not sure it works for large groups because of a) space and b) it is really freakin' loud in there. Masa 14 would work on the small plates front.

      Another idea would be Oya--they have a great $30 3-course menu. It depends on how large your group is though because I think they don't allow larger groups to order from this menu for some reason. Sei (owned by the same folks as Oya) has the same good deal.

      Another place to consider in Mintwood Place...although I wouldn't define the price range as "inexpensive" especially if folks are ordering drinks. But the food is awesome and the environment is lively and fun.

      1. re: Elyssa

        Last time I ate at Oya I was disappointed and felt that the food had declined from previous meals I had there. Has this changed again? Oya is a beautiful restaurant and I actually proposed there to my now ex fiancee.

        1. re: Jeremy303

          I'll be honest I haven't been there in about a year or so.

          1. re: flavrmeistr

            Well you also didn't think there was a single place in this city (let alone this region) where someone could celebrate their 26th birthday.....

            1. re: Elyssa

              "Good, inexpensive and fun" kind of narrows it down.

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                I think we can still make an even more inexpensive list that is good and fun. How about getting a table at the Passenger and enjoying kimchi dogs and awesome drinks? Boundary Stone for the city's best wings and 13th Street Meats half-smokes? Etete for awesome communal eating? I always overlook Bourbon in Adams Morgan but then I remember that I've had some great meals there. Black Squirrel always manages to please.

                1. re: katecm

                  Etete is a great idea! Just make sure your friends are adventurous or at least open to new things. It could be a lot of fun.

                  Granville Moore's might also be a lot of fun (although not sure about their reservation situation).

                  1. re: flavrmeistr

                    Which can easily be found in DC, if not the entire Mid-Atlantic region. You don't have to go to Tampa for that. There are a lot of really good suggestions already on this thread.

                    1. re: Elyssa

                      I had a great 30 something b-day this past April at Lost Society and Patty Boom Boom

              2. re: Elyssa

                Thank you I will be choosing between Cava and Zaytinya. Although I have been to Cava already before and loved their food.

                1. re: peridott08

                  I personally would choose Cava. I think the food is better and so is the service (which I have found rather indifferent at Zaytinya). Those zucchini fritter thingies at Cava are amazing!

            2. That is nonsense... I am 28 and there are plenty of fun options for groups in my age group to dine at. What type of cuisine are you looking to eat?

              Cava on Capitol Hill
              Zaytinya
              Jaleo
              Estadio
              Graffiato

              What is your price point per person? These all have good food, reasonably priced, are good for groups as you can share plates. There clientele ranges in your age group as well. None of these have any live music while dining is that you meant by a fun environment?

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              1. re: Jeremy303

                Latin, spanish, mediterranean, or amercan cuisine is fine and shareable plates is perfect. Not really looking for live entertainment, it will be on a Monday just a fun live atmosphere is what I'm looking for.

                1. re: peridott08

                  I love a lot of these recommendations - just a reminder that Monday is often the one night a week when restaurants close, so make sure in advance that they'll be open! Estadio is worth a trip if only for their alcoholic slushies! I'd also add Cork, though that does usually come to me as a "girl's night out" sort of place.

                  As a city, DC has grown around a well-paid, well-educated late 20s to early 30s population, so I would disagree with any suggestion that there's nothing here for our age group.

                2. re: Jeremy303

                  The debate is between Cava or Zaytinya. I have been to Cava before, just deciding on whether to go with somewhere i have been before and familiar with the food or try something new. Thank you very much for your help

                  1. re: peridott08

                    I don't know about Cava, but Zaytinya has a good happy hour, which will help lower the price if you guys start with drinks and hummus and other snacks during the happy hour. And I can promise that it's plenty energetic on a Monday!

                    1. re: peridott08

                      If you choose Zaytinya Call them and pre-order the lamb shoulder it's $75 and it feeds up to 4 people. It's divine/ They only serve 3 of them a night. they used to serve it with a difference sauce but I had a few nights and it is still delicious. I enjoy both restaurants. Zaytinya has a livelier atmosphere Which menu is more appealing to you?

                  2. Masa 14 has a fabulous unlimited brunch on Saturdays and Sundays for $35, includes brunch cocktails. Crowd is diverse age wise, but definitely skewed to late 20s and early 30s (neither of which I am!).