One of our very favorite places this year has been Tides - mostly for the personal service and the low key but creative atmosphere...and we got the biggest kick out of it when it was still a bit up-and-coming and unknown.
Now it's my wonderful boyfriend's 30th birthday and I'd like to have about 10 of his friends celebrate in a similar type of atmosphere - cuisine is flexible (he loves latin, anything where rice might be a main component, and he also loves italian and we like seafood as well).
For lack of knowledge of another "under the radar" (his words!) type of place, I was thinking azul since it fits our style for atmosphere. Any other gems that might be good for a creative, low key group?