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40 IDEAS FOR AN ADULT BIRTHDAY PARTY

The struggle to figure out what to do for one’s birthday is enough to send even the savviest of New Yorkers into an existential tailspin more stress-inducing than the actual reality of getting older. Here, a handy list of less-obvious options.

BELLY DANCERS AND AN EGYPTIAN FEAST

$60 PER PERSON; 30 PEOPLE → Reserve the biggest tent (i.e., table) at Casa La Femme for 8 p.m. to allow time for pitchers of sparkling-wine-and-guava cocktails (for an extra $90) and mezes (choose from a preset menu of hummus, crabmeat kafta, moussaka, tagines, and the like). At 9:15, a bevy of belly dancers starts making the rounds. (140 Charles St.)

AN OPEN BAR AT A GREASY SPOON DINER

$65 PER PERSON; 60 PEOPLE → If you ask Square Diner to stay open late (fashion types do this a lot; the wood paneling and red twinkly lights photograph well), the Tribeca institution will host a private four-hour party with an open bar and unlimited BLTs, waffles, and eggs. (33 Leonard St.; email Ted Karounos at squarediner@gmail.com)

An Upscale Cobble Hill Fisherie All to Yourself

FROM $3,000; 38 PEOPLE → For seafood tapas and coastal wines, book the bar and high-top tables at Saint Julivert, Alex Raij and Eder Montero’s “fisherie” (more robust than a raw bar but still focused on small plates). Start with an aperitivo hour and finish with the house dessert: flourless chocolate cake with fennel funfetti. (264 Clinton St.)

A PARTY BUS TO A QUEENS CASINO

“For a friend’s 30th, she had everyone meet at our shop, Coming Soon NY, and then we got on this party bus called La Chiva Loca—it’s a school bus that’s been turned into a party bus and decorated with colored LED lights and ropes you can hang on to. (The bus fits 50 people and charges $50 per head for three hours.) They put chests of ice inside, and I actually think we were drinking Red Bull–and–vodka. The bus took us to Resorts World Casino New York City

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