I'm organizing a gathering for my boyfriend's birthday this Sat. night and I have about 12 people who are planning on meeting me at a location I have yet to announce. I would really appreciate any suggestions. Almost all of the guests are medical residents, so I would like to find a place that is not too expensive. Some place with good food, cheap drink(or even a BYO place would be good) and someplace that would accomodate a big group. My bf likes Middle Eastern food/ Thai/ Moroccan/ Japanese/ Tapas (he is not picky ha). Anything but Italian because I always want Italian food and I know he is sick of it. Also, someplace downtown would be good. We are in contract for an apt in the West Village, so I thought it might be nice if it is close to the area we will be moving to. any ideas??