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Where might we enjoy ourselves on my cousin's birthday?

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Where might we enjoy ourselves on my cousin's birthday?

Winterpool | Aug 19, 2012 12:33 PM

My cousin's birthday is in four weeks [15 September]. I originally thought of booking the bo ssäm dinner at Momofuku, but at the weekend it's only available either very early [5-ish] or late [11-ish]. I still feel he'd enjoy the Ssäm Bar without its eponymous dish, but I don't think he'd enjoy the Saturday night wait for seats. Also, his brother is flying in from LA at 5 pm [why we can't do the early ssäm], and I expect he'd rather not be standing in a queue after a transcontinental flight.

Where could we book a table that would provide a reasonably celebratory, nonformal atmosphere without so much noise that we wouldn't be able to hear ourselves let alone each other? The party would likely comprise 4-6 diners.

Some semirandom ideas: Bar Room at The Modern; The NoMad; Perla [though I expect it will be far too loud, and I don't really understand their limited reservations policy].

How much of a business crowd would one see at Junoon on a Saturday night?

UPDATED: I don't think any of us are massive fans of seafood, though we don't avoid it either [I too love butter-poached lobster and superfresh scallops]. I've never been to mas (farmhouse), but it looks promising -- albeit perhaps a bit too couples-y date-ish.

Have booked a table at Maialino as back-up plan.

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