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Birthday Dinner for 20 year old

This will be for my daughter and 7 friends. Looking for a fun vibe kind of place where they will like being. Do not want an "senior citizen crowd" (because I will never hear the end of it). Maybe at the shore or Red Bank. We live in Freehold. American food under $50 pp. Food should be good but not gourmet. Anything come to mind? Thanks

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  1. Teak in Red Bank is the first thing that popped in my head.

    http://teakrestaurant.com/

    I just realized you said American food..sorry

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    1. re: Angelina

      That's a sushi place..that might work because the girls all love sushi! I will mention that to her. Anything else? Is it hard to get a reservation thee. This is next week Saturday the 27th.

    2. On Saturday night, we celebrated a friend's son's 22nd birthday at Porta in Asbury Park - 9 people - he had a great time!

      1. How about Red in Red Bank? Has the vibe you're looking for, the sushi and food is all good but not gourmet - with pricing that should stay within the budget...

        http://www.rednj.com/

        1. She'll always tell you how good a time she had..................after doing Porta. It's perfect. Pizza or pasta is a winner for that age group. You'll keep your number under $50pp and it's loud enough to be able to having her and her friends 'be themselves' and have a blast.

          Just get their early. No reservations and because it's so popular, the wait can be long. Go early and then walk the boards into Ocean Grove and over to Dey's Ice Cream Parlor to extend the event.

          You can thank me later. :-)

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          1. re: JustJake

            No reservations, but I've had success calling ahead and having my name added to the wait list.

            1. re: jsfein

              I heard that one could do that Js (also thought that it was in the NYT review). I'll try that maneuver the next time I visit.

          2. The only correct response is PORTA.