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21st birthday celebration help

jello Jan 3, 2013 06:14 AM

Hi my daughter will be turning 21 very soon and we want to get friends and family together for dinner and fun. Looking for recommendations for a place that might combine both.....good, relatively inexpensive food and a fun atmosphere. Any suggestions?

  1. enhF94 Jan 3, 2013 07:01 AM

    Just to be clear - without judgment - your daughter wants to spend her 21st birthday with a parent in the vicinity?

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    1. re: enhF94
      L2k Jan 3, 2013 07:04 AM

      Good question.

      And where are you hoping to have this celebration? Downtown? Metrowest? South Shore?

      Lots of options, but location will help narrow it down

    2. j
      jello Jan 3, 2013 01:18 PM

      Haha enhF94.....not planning this on her actual birthday (that will be reserved for her and her friends at college). We are planning this for when she comes home after her 21st.
      Was hoping to do this downtown somewhere. We are from southern NH but head into Boston frequently for dinner.

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      1. re: jello
        teezeetoo Jan 3, 2013 02:41 PM

        Brasserie Jo might work nicely - reasonably festive without being too pricey. Myers and Chang would be another option, depending on how many people you have in mind.

        1. re: teezeetoo
          ebaba Jan 3, 2013 08:09 PM

          Myers + Chang was my first thought too for fun atmosphere, great food, not too expensive, and young (not juvenile, just the opposite of stuffy).

        2. re: jello
          enhF94 Jan 4, 2013 07:31 AM

          Excellent! Perhaps Cuchi Cuchi? It's tapas, so maybe would get pricey, I'm not sure. But it's certainly fun and funky; the food is good enough for adults and the cocktails are exciting enough for a 21yo.

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          cambridgedoctpr Jan 3, 2013 07:18 PM

          how about going to chiinatown? myriad options, generally reasonably priced. good chinese food. for example, pekin duck at China King?

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          1. re: cambridgedoctpr
            enhF94 Jan 5, 2013 11:12 AM

            yes! Chinatown! or dim sum, if you're willing to change evening to brunch.

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            mats77 Jan 4, 2013 08:25 AM

            Trina's Starlite Lounge in Inman? Franklin Southie?

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              BellaBoston Jan 5, 2013 01:32 PM

              Empire has a great atmosphere for a birthday party and all of their food is really designed to be split by a group/ party size--if your party likes Asian food. The same company owns Red Lantern with a similar vibe/ great room--however I find the service much much better at Empire.

              Lincoln Tavern in South Boston has very good food and a fun atmosphere.

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              1. re: BellaBoston
                Beachowolfe Jan 5, 2013 03:01 PM

                +1 for Empire or Myers and Chang on the Asian front. I'd stay away from Chinatown.

                Dim Sum? Do they even serve alcohol?

                1. re: Beachowolfe
                  enhF94 Jan 7, 2013 06:22 AM

                  Oh, good point. Yelp says "beer and wine only" for Hei La Moon.

                  Although since the birthday girl has _surely_ never tasted alcohol, perhaps she will be easily sated. Perhaps even uninterested.

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