I am working on a plan for my birthday coming up next month, and have narrowed it down to two ideas. Since I love an interesting cocktail and my S.O. could care less, my birthday is my only chance to go to Hop Sing with full support, so the night will end there.
As for the prelude, I am down to two ideas:
1. Osteria. I haven't been there in a couple of years and we cancelled our annual trip to Vetri this year due to stomach space constraints. So this seemed like a good substitute.
2. I thought it might be fun to wander up 13th Street and stop in a number of places for an app or a small plate type thing at each. So we could hit Jamonera, Zavino, Sampan (I am craving bao buns badly), and perhaps Barbuzzo and get a bite of something at each. There would likely either be 2 or 4 of us, so I'm not thinking that it would be a horrendous idea, but even in small numbers I could see logistics/crowds/etc turning this idea into much less fun in execution than it is in concept.