Whether it is your own birthday or a friend’s, you can’t go wrong celebrating at one of these top spots.
Cienfuegos I 95 Avenue A
True to its Cuban roots, Cienfuegos is a breezy, colorful, open restaurant and bar serving tasty Cuban food. Celebrate with one of their spicy tapas plates ($8-$16), designed for sharing, and one of their many flavored punch bowls.
Brucie I 234 Court St.
An intimate spot for a quiet birthday dinner, Brucie serves classic Italian home cooking in generous portions. Despite the cozy atmosphere, Brucie can easily accommodate your party size — big or small. The restaurant’s friendly staff works hard to make your visit pleasurable.
Sarabeth’s I 40 Central Park South
Try something different and celebrate with a special birthday brunch at Sarabeth’s Central Park South location. The sunny restaurant offers amazing views of the park and a delicious brunch menu, including their famous French toast ($18).
Yerba Buena I 23 Avenue A
This is a funky, modern restaurant serving authentic and flavorful Latin American cuisine. Complete your birthday meal with a round of their famous cocktails ($12) and a special birthday cake ($8) for dessert.
Pylos I 128 E. Seventh St.
Enjoy a quiet dinner out with friends at Pylos, a restaurant specializing in home-cooked, Greek cuisine. The rustic interior provides a comforting atmosphere with an almost nonexistent level of noise, and large marble tables are available to accommodate your entire party.
Alice’s Tea Cup I 102 W. 73rd St.
A cute and colorful tea shop that follows its Alice and Wonderland theme to a tee. Alice’s Tea Cup is the perfect spot for a whimsical birthday tea with friends. Celebrate with a hot cup of tea and a slice of Alice’s famous birthday cake.
Swizz Manhattan I 310 W. 53rd St.
With plenty of space to accommodate large birthday parties with its intimate wine cave in the back, Swizz Manhattan offers an extensive menu of traditional Swiss dishes, often fused with flavors from Italy and France. Popular dishes include the traditional cheese fondue ($21) and the raclette cheese ($38).
Dave and Busters I 234 W. 42nd St.
Dave and Busters may be a chain, but it is still fun place to celebrate. The restaurant offers a full menu of bar food, delicious drinks and a plethora of arcade games. Win enough tickets to take home a special birthday prize.
Milon I 93 First Ave., second floor
This is an exciting and colorful Indian restaurant with a plethora of Christmas and chili-pepper lights dripping from the ceiling. Milon specializes in birthday celebrations, playing fast-paced Indian disco music and giving out free ice cream to the party.
Max Brenner I 841 Broadway
For the birthday boy or girl with a serious sweet tooth, you can’t go wrong with Max Brenner. In addition to a full dinner menu, Max Brenner offers a chocolate-inspired dessert menu of creamy fondue ($11.25-$24.95), ice cream sundaes ($7.95-$14.25), sweet waffles ($13.95) and other chocolate concoctions.
Bryna Shuman is a staff writer. Email her at [email protected][top–gallery]