Looking for a spot for a birthday dinner for 12 people for next saturday night. Open to cuisine but would like it to either be italian or something interesting. No Sushi, Thai, Chinese, Or Mexican.
Area: Lower East Side, East Village area, open to SoHo as well but I know that tends to be an expensive area. We want it to be near bars where we can go afterwards, but that's not crucial.
1.We would like it to be a pretty place, not super loud as we would all like to talk to each other.Want it to feel a little special if possible.
2. We are on a pretty tight budget as guests will all be on different budgets and we don't want anyone to feel bad. It'd be great if we could get a fixed price menu of around $20 a person so people don't have to argue about who ordered what and prices and such. But if we can't do that, that's ok, we just want cheap!
3. I know I"m on the Manhattan board, but we'd be open to Brooklyn as well, such as Fort Greene neighborhood.
Places we were thinking of (to give you an idea) Grape and Grain, Giano, Pepe Rosso