Fun Birthday Dinner in NYC


Hi everyone. There are many fun places to eat in NYC for birthdays. We tend to love getting outside of our own neighborhood and exploring new places.

For my sister’s birthday last weekend, my entire family united at a wonderful Italian trattoria called Pisticci. At the table were the birthday girl and her fiancé Sander, my parents Gerry and Fleur, my brother Jamie and his wife Rebecca, and my brother Chris, his wife Eileen and their kids Ryan and Caitlin, who were home from college. Since everyone’s lives have become so busy, it was such a treat to sit and chat for a few hours.fun birthday dinner in NYC

Birthday Dinner NYC

New York City is expensive and you have to pick wisely when it comes to a large group meal! Try calling the restaurant ahead of time and negotiating a set menu for a fixed price. At Pisticci, we enjoyed the creative salads, the fresh pasta with ragu and the yummy steak.

Here is Eileen with my niece Caitlin. Caitlin is attending St. Andrew’s University in Scotland where she is a member of two singing groups and a soccer team. We were so delighted to get her back state-side!birthday dinnerHere I am with the birthday girl. Mother of three and a OB-Gyn researcher, Kiki astounds me. I really don’t know how she manages to do everything she does. She’s an inspiration and the best friend a sister could hope for.group birthday dinner in NYCMy “little brother” Jamie and his beautiful wife Rebecca. They live in Saratoga where they enjoy the cultural arts and being able to ski every weekend at Gore Mountain.birthday dinner in NYC

My sweetie with Jamie…birthday dinner NYC

Group Birthday Dinner NYC

If you are hosting a dinner in a restaurant, and plan to bring your own cake, call ahead of time to make sure they don’t charge a cutting fee. This delicious cake came from Magnolia Bakery, our family’s favorite.Happy Birthday, Kiki!Although it’s bitter cold outside, my thoughts are filled with warm and cozy thoughts of the lovely family moments I spent last weekend with my parents and my awesome siblings. Family truly is the greatest gift.

Gratefully,

Melissa

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  • Katherine Gray

    Magnolia is soooo good!

  • EBT

    Aw, you all look nice

  • Mmmm…Birthday cake, its one of my favorite treats! I’ll have to try Magnolia’s the next time we are in NYC!

    • Oh please do! You will LOVE it!

  • margaretsmith

    Sounds like a wonderful time.

  • cynthiac

    I never thought of negotiating a fixed price menu ahead of time for a large group. Very good idea!

  • Antoinette M

    Seems like you had a really great time! So special to be able to celebrate with family!

  • mami2jcn

    It looks like a fun time.

  • jenny

    I love finding places like this where everyone can relax and let someone else deal with all the food!

  • Colleen Boudreau

    Looks fun!

  • Natalie

    Kiki sounds like an amazing woman!

    • She is! Grateful to have her as my sister!

  • shannon fowler

    This looks like such a great place to go! Ive never been to New York, but I have heard about Magnolia’s through people who have been.

    • It’s our favorite! If you get the chance, definitely go there!

  • susan1215

    Sounds like a lot of fun.

  • Calvin F.

    Such a nice time you guys had

  • dglitter

    This looks like a fun time.

  • Mary Chapman

    Italian food is the best!

    • One of my favorites! So delicious!

  • Leela

    Looks like everybody had a good time. You can’t go wrong with Italian food!

  • Jodi Hassel

    You can never go wrong with Italian!

  • Jennifer Jaye Bay

    What great ideas, thanks for sharing.

  • rosannepm

    I agree with you family is truly a gift and time spent together is like no other. Rosanne

  • slehan

    Birthday celebrations are so much fun. Good tips for a large group.

  • theresad

    Looks like you all had a great time. Great tips thanks for sharing.

  • honeypie411

    That cake looks so good.

  • donna porter

    I think you all had a great time. I know the cake looks delicious! Sweets are my weakness.

  • Ed

    Nice photos!

  • Buddy Garrett

    It sounds like it was a fun party. The cake looks delicious.

  • kathypease

    Looks like you all had a great time! 🙂

  • Mary Gardner

    It looks like it was a really nice celebration!

  • Jennifer Herman

    I would get coffee!

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  • Cheryl Chervitz

    Looks like a fun trip.