The Birthday (ed. big groups)
My very first blog post hit on 2 of my favorite spots for intimate birthday dinners. I decided it was finally time to follow it up with a couple of my favorite places for big group dinners and hopefully give all of my summer birthdays some inspo for upcoming celebrations.
I'm generally wary of Asian fusion, but New York has proved me wrong several times - one of which was Mission Chinese. The food here is incredible and the spices are authentic. The "fusion" aspect peeks through in subtle stylings & clever ingredient swaps. Fair warning: a lot of the food here is spicy - doing its Sichuan heritage proud. I personally love spicy food, so this is right up my alley, but if for those of you who don't...you might want to prepare yourself. [Pro tip: make your way to Ice & Vice after dinner for dessert).
Doma Na Rohu
My first time at Doma Na Rohu was for another friend's birthday, and it was the perfect locale. The menu draws inspiration from across eastern Europe including a mix of German, Czech and Austrian influences. While eastern European food can sometimes get a rep for being hearty but boring, the food here is tasty and interesting enough to keep you amused all evening.
For those of you looking to do something in between dinner & drinks - Spritzenhaus is my go-to choice. It's an enormous beer hall filled with long wooden tables. It's great for both daytime and evening shindigs, but the lighting at night is magical - white lights bedeck the circumference of the room, illuminating the space with a beautiful, washed-out glow. It's a great, casual spot for large parties so people can come and go as they please. Last but not least: the pretzels & sausages here are actually really good, so no one will leave hungry.