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Casual birthday dinner for 60 yr olds

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ISO of a NYC (no Brooklyn, no Queens, please!) ethnic eatery for a mid-priced and casual birthday dinner. Any Manhattan location will do.

Does not have to be fancy.
Just need to have a tasty meal and be able to hear each other talk.

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  1. BTW, Brooklyn and Queens are part of New York City...Two of the five boroughs. :)

    How many people?

    When is the dinner?

    What's your budget, per person, before tax, tip, wine/drinks?

    What cuisines are of interest?

    1. Katryn: dinner has to be in Manhattan

      the amount of people and when the dinner is scheduled is NOT important.

      mid-priced = $25 - $30 for entree...forget the tip, tax, wine info — not important
      casual atmosphere is

      ANY ethnic cuisine...but Italian...Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Cajun, Spanish, German...

      Enough with all the questions.

      Need suggestions please.

      Where do you like to go?

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      1. re: pbjluver

        We're not mind readers, so that is why I ask questions.

        You asked for a rec for dinner w/o saying anything about the size of the group, date / day of the week, preferred neighborhood, price range, or preferred cuisine.

        I ask about number of people because you want people to be able to hear each other talk... Being able to hear four people is different from 10 or 12 people. Sometimes a poster wants a round table or a booth vs a long table vs a banquette with a bunch of smaller tables pushed together. Sometimes people want to do groups of 4-5 at restaurant that they don't realize is counter seating only.

        Also if you give a specific date and party size, we can run through OpenTable and see what comes back.

        Lots of people post on here looking for big group reservations at the last minute or on a Friday or Saturday night, and are disappointed when they can't get 8pm on Saturday two days from now. Also a place that is quiet on a Monday might be really loud on a Friday or Saturday.

        Some places won't be able to accommodate bigger groups without a prix fixe. Sometimes this prix fixe will be more than what you want to spend.

        When someone says "ethnic" it can mean a lot of things... like Italian & German usually isn't included in that. Can they do spicy food or not, etc. is important

        Maybe the person celebrating the birthday has a favorite cuisine. That would be helpful to know.

        Off the top of my head, I'd say look into Kin Shop.

        1. re: pbjluver

          Please be respectful here, she trying to give you the best advice possible.

          1. re: pbjluver

            pbluver-I think you just pissed off so many people by your disrespect for helpful kathryn-ALL of her questions are extremely pertinent. Your request is just as good answered by saying cover your eyes and point a finger in the yellow pages.

          2. If Middle Eastern will work try:
            Byblos or
            Al Bustan
            We just had an amazing Mexican birthday dinner at Toloache 3 locations

            1. Check out La Mirabelle on the UWS.

              http://www.lamirabellenyc.com/

              Traditional French, somewhat older neighborhood crowd (although my 20-year-old grandson loves it), not at all noisy, popular celebration place, has round tables that can seat eight or they can arrange for an even larger group upstairs.