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Aug 18, 2014 07:55 AM

birthday dinner and/or bar for a group?

So, I used to be great at these things, but I haven't lived in New York for several years now. Of course, family and friends still put me in charge of planning!

I'm looking for a place where I can get together with 12-15 friends on a Saturday night (about a month from now). It can be a bar that serves food, just a bar, an affordable restaurant (entrees around $20-25?), or something in between - I'm not set on the type of venue. Either somewhere that takes reservations, will let me reserve a table/area, or somewhere that won't be absurdly crowded.

I'm also pretty open on location - people will be coming from all over (Astoria, Williamsburg, UES, UWS) - So I guess somewhere around Union Square / Chelsea / Gramercy / East Village/ West Village would work for most people.

This is absurdly vague, I know. I'm just looking for a casual place to catch up with friends while not stressing out myself or anyone else.

Would love any ideas. Thanks in advance.

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    1. Gallow Green/The Heath, if you can reserve the "train car."

        1. re: thegforceny

          Thanks... I think we ended up at the Cannibal last time through - that was fun. I also went to the Smile on a recent trip... the food was good, if not great, and it has a nice relaxed vibe.

          I would prefer more of a bar this time so people can come and go - it's hard to corral a dozen people to show up at exactly 8:00.

        2. A couple places mentioned in your other thread might be worth considering in this one as well:

          Lupa has a cute back room and very reasonable prix fixes for larger groups.

          Rosette could be a good option for this one as well. Entrees range from $17 - $25 mostly. There is a private room downstairs, not sure what the capacity is or if they only use it for higher-end events. They also have a more loungy area up front with couch seating and whatnot.

          Rayuela has a number of large communal tables, and most of the entrees fall under $25.

          I -believe- Mission Cantina will do large groups, but you'd want to check with them.

          Keep in mind that for large groups, many restaurants require doing a prix fixe - it's not so much the cost of the entrees, but the cost overall that you'd have to consider.