i am hoping that you can help me find the best possible place to celebrate my amazing girlfriend's birthday. she has asked me to plan a dinner with about 15 of our friends. most of us are in our mid-to-late twenties and are not exactly breaking the bank, so a reasonably priced place (less than $20 per person if possible) would be great. downtown (below 34th street) also appreciated.
my girlfriend is a vegetarian, as are several friends. suggestions for dim sum, tapas, or small plate restaurants would be welcomed, as then people can either eat a small meal at home beforehand (to avoid spending a ton of money) or split plates or something of that nature.
thanks everyone for your suggestions, they will be much appreciated and put to good use. both my girlfriend and i are regular readers (and occasional posters) and trust your opinions quite highly.