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On this week's Ask the Critic, Carey suggested some bars great for birthday parties. One piece of advice: head to the outer boroughs:

You might note that most of these venues are in Brooklyn, as a good birthday party bar requires one thing above all: space. Hard to enjoy a party if you're worried about that friend squeezing into your table, or about the group next to you encroaching.

See all her picks here.

Have a question of your own you want answered? Email carey@seriouseats.com with the subject line Ask the Critic to submit your question. All emails will be read, but unfortunately not all can be answered. We look forward to hearing from you!

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