As a birthday 'party' I am considering taking my boyfriend's soon to be 12 year old daughter out with some of her friends - maybe 3 friends? - for lunch and manicures. Trying to think of places they will find interesting as well as a place that can handle the occasionally high pitched chatter of girls at that age. It will be a weekend visit. In the last year, the birthday girl has realized there is a world beyond chain restaurants and has been good at trying new things (the Indian buffet experience was a hit). All the girls are pretty suburban, so the whole 'downtown-taking-the-subway' experience will also be part of the fun.