I'm a NYC Hound and will be visiting friends in the Bay Area. I will be staying in Rockridge and am searching for a place to meet the gang somewhere close. Dinner and drinks for 8 or so people in their late 20s (not a college crowd). We'll do any type of food, but I would hope for a relatively cool atmosphere and entrees $12-18. Some place new or unknown would be best- I would love to surprise my friends with some place they have never been.
Thanks for your help!