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6 Not-So-Basic Ways to Celebrate Your Birthday, So Your Friends Talk About It All Year

By Tricia Carr | March 24, 2017 | Lifestyle

Your birthday’s coming up: You could add your friends to yet another Facebook event for brunch or happy hour, or you could plan your most epic party yet. We found a venue for every birthday boy and girl—but instead of pinging your friends on social media, these celebrations are worthy of a Paperless Post invitation.

For the Carb Loader... Fight For Your Right to Pizza Party Menu at Speedy Romeo

Speedy Romeo.

In case you haven’t heard, always-packed Speedy Romeo on the Lower East Side just unveiled an expansion that doubled its seat count, and to celebrate, the pizza parlor launched two new group menus for parties of six or more (you just have to book at least three days in advance). While you’re guaranteed to leave in a food coma with the Triple Crown Menu, we think the Fight For Your Right to Pizza Party package is a little more birthday-appropriate—it not only includes wood-fired pizza, wings, and dessert, it also gives the gift of unlimited booze with all the prosecco, beer pitchers, and large-format cocktails you can drink (price based on food and drink choices). 63 Clinton St., 212-529-6300

For the Wild One… Sushi and Punch at Sushi Roxx

Sushi Roxx.

The wait staff at Tokyo-inspired Sushi Roxx aren’t just experts at recommending the right rolls for your table; they’re also really good at breaking out into spontaneous dance. From Wednesday through Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m., diners can enjoy an energetic show as they chow down on Big Macs—spicy tuna, avocado, snow crab, bonito flakes, tobiko, and sweet soy—and Spice Girls—tuna, avocado, pickled jalapeño, and cucumber with sriracha and serrano peppers. Sip from party bowls, like the Hell-No Kitty with Tigre Blanc vodka, peach, honey, lemon, and sparkling wine and the Tokyo Rush with Absolut Citron, lemon, mango, Aperol, and mint tea, and maybe you’ll build enough liquid confidence to join in. 120 E. 39th St., 212-726-9500

For the Hard to Please… The Grotto at Boudoir

Boudoir Brooklyn.

There are many bars high above and down below the city, but the well-informed New Yorker has been to most of them. However, even if you’ve paid a visit to Boudoir—the lair fit for Marie Antoinette that opened last January in the basement of Brooklyn Heights’ Chez Moi—you probably walked right by the grotto at the rear. The secluded stone room with curved ceilings is actually an abandoned tunnel that was discovered during construction on Atlantic Avenue. Now it’s a private hideaway for you and up to 25 friends to snack on frog legs and croquettes and drink regal libations like the creamy Dauphin, made with Absinthe, chile liqueur, almond milk, coconut, and cacao nibs, and one of our favorite creative cocktails: the Axel Von Fersen made with bourbon, applejack, sesame, curry, and black caraway. 135 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn, 347-227-8337

For the Picky Drinker… Wine Party at Vin Sur Vingt

Vin Sur Vingt.

Birthday outings are notoriously difficult for large groups: each person wants something different, there’s always one person who’s unhappy, and at the end, who pays what? Classic wine bar Vin Sur Vingt solves this annual dilemma with its Get Together package for 10-25 people available at its NoMad and Upper West Side outposts. For $70 a person, guests get two hours of unlimited selections off its extensive French wine menu, plus traditional fare, like charcuterie plates and hearty cassolettes. Indulge all you want because it’s your birthday. 1140 Broadway, 646-922-7700; 66 W, 84th St., 646-895-9944

For the Milestone Birthday... ‘Good Time In’ Party Package at The Time New York Hotel

The Time Hotel.

Whether it's your 21st or your 50th, everyone deserves one extravagant birthday bash they’ll never forget. Enter The Time New York Hotel: it has crafted a timeless party package that allows guests to explore every corner of the modern property and have an epic night out—trust us, you will not feel like a tourist. Your group stays in the jaw-dropping, 2,000-square-foot, three-floor penthouse suite that comes adorned with birthday decorations. Highlights of your stay include a mixology class by Liquid Lab with a take-home drink-making kit, custom concierge service that will coordinate the ultimate night out, late-night pizza delivery from the hotel’s Italian restaurant Serafina, and, of course, brunch brought to your door the next day (package starts at $5,900 per night). 224 W. 49th St., 212-246-5252 (to book, ask for Elise Digby in events)

For the One Who’d Rather Stay In… Movie Night at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

Going to the movies for your birthday is no longer lame, thanks to reserved seating, elevated food options, and booze-allowed policies at many new theaters. But one New York movie hub takes the film-watching experience especially seriously: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Downtown Brooklyn. For one, its menu includes everything from truffle Parmesan popcorn and a brisket burger, to boozy milkshakes and “rated R” cocktails. Then there’s the movie lineup: Alamo shows such a well-rounded mix of new releases, cult classics, and indie films that it's almost impossible to pick a flick. And though every seat in the house is oversized and comfy, we suggest reserving the entire front row of recliners for your birthday crew. 445 Albee Sq. W., Brooklyn, 718-513-2547 (929-266-9210 for private events)

Photography by: Photography courtesy of Evan Sung (Speedy Romeo); Courtesy Sushi Roxx; Nicole Franzen (Boudoir); Noah Fecks (Vin Sur Vingt); The Time New York Hotel