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holiday dinner with a vegetarian?

nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:05 AM

I moved away from New York about two years ago, and my NYC restaurant encyclopedia is starting to fail me. I've searched a bunch on this board but can't find quite what I'm looking for...

Anyway, I need to plan a dinner for 4-5 women (all in our 20s) that meets these requirements:
--Around $75 a person, including a drink / tax / tip.
--Celebratory atmosphere but doesn't have to be fancy. Casual but festive would be fine... We went to 'Inoteca on 24th street for this dinner last year, and Five Leaves the year before.
--1 person coming from Astoria and 1 from Williamsburg, so preferably on the East Side below 59th street
--One person is a vegetarian (not a vegan)
--Any cuisine is fine. We like to share small plates, and we all like American, Japanese, Korean, Greek, Mexican, Spanish, French...

Any ideas much appreciated... Thanks in advance!

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  1. Motosport RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:20 AM

    Da Ciro

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      LBNJNY RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:22 AM

      What about Beauty & Essex or the Stanton Social? Good food, shareable, many options....

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        downtownchica RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:31 AM

        The first place that sprung to mind is Comodo, which is lively, friendly, and well within your budget.

        It looks like it's open on Christmas Day (wasn't sure from your post when this dinner is planned for). If you're not looking for Christmas Eve/Christmas Day, you'll have far more options.

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        1. re: downtownchica
          nyc_to_ma RE: downtownchica Dec 4, 2012 09:09 AM

          How's the food there? I've never heard of it... has anyone eaten there? I can't tell by their website if they have a full bar, or just wine, or any drinks at all?

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          kathryn RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:32 AM

          How about ABC Kitchen? I'd reserve ASAP, though, they're pretty popular.

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            nyc_to_ma RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:41 AM

            This is for Friday, December 28, most likely... and thanks for the ideas so far! I've had a really bad experience at Stanton Social -- and it seems like all of their vegetarian options are deep fried and filled with cheese -- so probably not that. ABC Kitchen might work though!

            1. Spiritchaser RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:49 AM

              Since you are all so young "noisy" places probably wouldn't bother you so why not look into The Bar Room at The Modern. Lots of things you could probably share, the energy of the place is always very nice.

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                LBNJNY RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 08:55 AM

                Also the Hurricane Club on Park Ave South. Good for sharing.

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                1. re: LBNJNY
                  kathryn RE: LBNJNY Dec 4, 2012 09:05 AM

                  What's good there? The cocktails are terrible and the atmosphere is quite clubby (in a bad way IMO)...

                2. Motosport RE: nyc_to_ma Dec 4, 2012 09:06 AM

                  Blue Water Grill

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