i'm looking for a pleasant garden space to hold a group birthday dinner for roughly 12-15 people on a weekday night. req's are that it's downtown (preferably east village or LES), low to mid range (entrees <$20), and FANTASTIC food- italian, latin, ethnic, nouveau american, doesn't matter, and laid back. outdoor is not totally required, but a nice airy feel (as opposed to anything too closed in or dark) would be great.
some places i've already looked into (and mentioned on other bday boards):
barbone, back forty, inoteca, broadway east, bacaro, awash ethiopian, supper, alta, freemans. we are all 20s-30s laid back food-lovers, so to-die-for food is a must & takes precedence over space.
i'd like something like Frankies (outdoor space in Carroll Gardens) or Fette Sau (in Brooklyn), but in Manhattan. maybe i'm just picky, but i'd like to try something new and i KNOW it's out there! help, hounds?