I've been reading this board for years and have gotten lots of terrific advice from all of you but have never posted. I'm posting today because I am stumped!
I'm trying to plan a birthday dinner for myself (turning 31) and would really like it to be
1) a place where we can sit for a few hours and hang out, 2) a place with some style, good service and elements of fine dining. BUT, I don't want anything old-fashioned or stuffy.
The group will be about 8-12 people. Most are 30-31 but there are a few in their mid-20s. I'm a vegetarian and like to have a few choices but am fine with others eating meat (as long as my hubbie can also go veggie to share with me on my bday). The other complication is that a few of the people are full time grad students and are pretty broke. I'm not willing to go really cheap but we do need something that can be affordable for the 1-2 who need to chip in less.
I was thinking Mexican, Italian, Middle Eastern, etc... downtown. I don't want to do any asian and don't want to be north of 14th Street.
I'm tired of most of my regular places and am stumped-- it's past time to finally send out the invitation! Please help.