Five girlfriends are taking me to New York for my
bachelorette party in May. We're staying at the Quality Inn Midtown. Any suggestions as where to have dinner and go out afterwards. A lively American or Italian restaurant would is what we're looking for. We like to dance but don't want an uptown nightclub -- even live music would be good. We're thrity-something so we don't want a young 20's crowd. Thanks in advance for any input.
This may not be exactly what you're looking for, but it might be a fun option for an afterdinner bar - Cafe Wha? in the village. I can't recall the street, but I found it through the phone book.
The last time I went there were two shows a night _ 9 and midnight I think. It has a comedian, then a band. I saw the house band, which was actually really quite good _ they played mostly just fun cover music _ Aretha Franklin, etc. But everyone really has fun, dancing and singing along.
It's kind of kooky and kitschy place _ tacky and juvenile, but in a good way: I've seen bachelorette parties there before _ girls with big hair eating penis lollypops, etc. One time a really drunk bride-to-be asked us all to sign her t-shirt, which the men in the bar had decorated with pornographic drawings. But then again, I took my teenage cousin once and she had a blast and later took my midwestern parents, who also had fun.
The food is not great (pub fare, potato skins, burgers, etc) but the drinks are good and strong. I think the cover charge was like $10-$15. The bar itself is typical _ loud, blacklights, etc.
Try Mangia e Bevi on W53rd and 9th Ave. The food is good and the price is reasonable, but more importantly this place is built for fun, fun, fun. It'll put you in the right mood for a night out.-assuming you don't close the place down. Make reservations. You can learn more at www.mangaebevi.com