I have been an avid but mostly silent viewer for a while but would now like some advice. A couple Tuesdays from now two fellow students and I will be finishing our comprehensive examinations and would like to celebrate before leaving to do research in Japan. We had hoped to splurge a bit, but since there may be about twenty or so revelers on a tight budget, we would like to find somewhere where we can eat food that is very good but doesnft have to be spectacular, drink decent wine and good beer, and still be under $30 a head so that we can continue celebrating (or depending on our fates, continue drowning our sorrows) elsewhere. In terms of cuisine, a place with good fish would be great, preferably not Japanese, Chinese, or Korean as we all eat these regularly. Anywhere in Manhattan south of the 50fs or on the east side would be fine. This may be a bit general but we are quite flexible, as long as itfs festive yet reasonable.
I did a search for reasonable group options and Tanti Baci seemed like a good choice. Is it true that the one in the East Village is best? Any other suggestions?