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30th bday - hip, fun chow, not extravagant - help!

stanton social would've been perfect! only... they're booked. I'm going to keep checking with them.

any other recommendations -- similar vibe, food, price point?

Feb 08, 2009
yummyindatummy in Manhattan

30th bday - hip, fun chow, not extravagant - help!

we were hoping to eat downtown.

Feb 07, 2009
yummyindatummy in Manhattan

30th bday - hip, fun chow, not extravagant - help!

Fellow 'hounds... A little help here, please.

I moved from NYC a few years ago, and I'm returning to celebrate the big 3-0. We're a group of 10 looking for a place with fabulous food and great atmosphere, but nothing too over-the-top or too pricey. We were originally set for Alta, but they only take large groups early (7 pm) or late (9:30 pm). But that's the sort of vibe / price point / atmosphere I'm looking for.

I know I can rely on this board to steer me in the right direction. Any recommendations?

Feb 06, 2009
yummyindatummy in Manhattan

Good Non-Chain Italian in Palm Beach County

Renzo's is great. There are several locations -- and don't make the same mistake I made when I first went. We ended up at the cafe, which serves primarily pizza and panini. The restaurant, which is just a few blocks away, has a more extensive menu.

Now, mangia!

Ft Lauderdale to Boca - inexpensive

First off, I think downtown Hollywood is a great option for you. You can walk around, enjoy the ambiance, and have a wealth of restaurants to choose from.

I know you said "Ft. Lauderdale to Boca" but one of my favorite, inexpensive, true "Florida" spots is the Old Key Lime House in Lantana (about 10-15 minutes north of Boca). It's on the water, and laid back in an Old-Florida style. I absolutely love it there!

May 18, 2007
yummyindatummy in Florida

hip, fun birthday dinner (broward or palm beach)...

Looking for recommendations for a hip, fun, not-TOO-expensive birthday dinner spot for two twenty-somethings in a few weeks. I live in southern Palm Beach County, but we're willing to go anywhere from Jupiter to Hollywood. I was thinking about Johnny V's on Las Olas. Can anyone weigh in? What about hitting up Seventh Street Wine ( beforehand? I don't want to spend an arm and a leg (i.e. Cafe Martorano) but am willing to spend a couple hundred dollars for a memorable evening.


May 14, 2007
yummyindatummy in Florida

West Palm / Jupiter - Best restaurants in area?

Almost forgot... I also love the Old Key Lime House in Lantana. Right on the water, and it harkens back to the days of old Florida. Really laid back... and you can wear flip-flops and shorts to dinner and feel right at home.

West Palm / Jupiter - Best restaurants in area?

Too Bizaare is the sister restaurant to the original restaurant, the Bizaare Avenue cafe. The cafe is located in downtown Lake Worth (and personally, I think it has more charm). The Jupiter location is in a strip mall, while the Lake Worth one is built in a renovated older building right near the downtown area.

Here are websites for both:

Both places serve excellent, reasonably-priced food, but do not take reservations.

Another great place to go (I'm assuming you're doing dinner) would be 32 East on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Menu changes daily, but food is stellar. More expensive than any of the Bizaare restaurants, but well worth it (plus, you can walk around downtown Delray when you're done).

Also, if you're in the mood for really upscale dining, Paradiso in downtown Lake Worth is arguably the finest dining Palm Beach County offers (and was recently mentioned in a New York Times article about $40 appetizers!) I've never been there but I hear it's well worth the cost.

Good luck, and happy eating!

p.s. None of these are too far from the beach, which means you can swing a trip to the ocean while you're at it!