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Recommendation for hip mom's 80th b'day

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Hi
Looking for some dinner recomendations of where to take my mom to celebrate her 80th birthday. She lives in the burbs, wants a combination of funky/cool with some sophistication (not stuffy but must still have a "tablecloth feel"! ) atmosphere, fabulous food (seafood, asian, italian, eclectric, mediterranean, fusion). We'll have 14-16 people in our group with ages ranging from 7, 10, teen to adult. The kids are fun loving and more adventurious than grandma. Planning for late Oct.
Would love your ideas, thoughts and suggestions. Thanks for your help.

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  1. You may wish to add:
    day of week
    your per person budget (remember tax and tip add over 20%)
    is this with or without booze?
    Do you want a private room?

    You can likely expect a prix fixe with such a large group btw.

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    1. re: thegforceny

      Thanks for the suggestions. We'll probably do something in the city beforehand and taxi/drive to where we eat so neighborhood is not an issue. Right now it looks like we'll do it on a Sunday. We're not a big drinking crowd- some will order cocktails or wine. I'd like to avoid a private room- she wants to feel out and about and a part of the action (she's a widow and lives alone). As far as budget goes, she deserves to be pampered. I'm very familiar with NY prices and while I don't want to break the bank, we're willing to pay for something that will be worthwhile and special.
      Thanks for asking.

      1. re: LiLululee

        That really doesn't explain your budget. What's your upper limit? Happy Birthday to your mom!

    2. Also, any preferred part of town?

      1. Look into Lupa, Empellon Taqueria, and Rubirosa. f you're considering semi private rooms, try Telepan and Hearth.

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        1. re: Lacrosse_Gastronomic

          Vice Versa and Telepan come swiftly to mind!!

        2. Well if you really want a funky/cool restaurant, the Momofukus offer large group, non-private dining.
          http://momofuku.com/private-dining/ne...

          Momofuku Ssam might be too loud but Ma Peche might do nicely.

          Public also has a semi private room as well as a large communal table in the main dining room:
          http://public-nyc.com/private-events/...

          1. Ilili? Perry St? Red Cat?
            Tasting menu at Torrisi Italian Specialties? (a splash out but super fun)

            1. Chinatown?

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              1. re: AubWah

                A definite possibility- ant place in particular?

                1. re: LiLululee

                  Oriental Garden is my favorite place in Chinatown for a Cantonese banquet.

              2. Thanks for all the suggestions.I really appreciate everyone who took the time to share their thoughts and help me out. I will look into all the suggestions.