Room to roam and to nibble?
Like many, I am hoping for a suggestion:
a group of maybe 10-15 are hoping for somewhere from around the flatiron up to midtown (without going to far east or west) to meet.
The organizer is looking for, "just a place with a big bar area, room to roam, drinks and snacks/food."
Please, any suggestions so we don't end up somewhere with awful bar food and loud sports broadcasts would be highly appreciated.
Consider the Belmont Lounge (E.15th between Union Sq. E. and Irving Pl.). I've tagged along with friends on a few work-sponsored happy hours there, and it seems like a good choice for a larger group. There's plenty of room and the food is decent, considering that the place is first and foremost a bar. The atmosphere is very relaxed, although keep in mind that there may be dj's as it gets later. They have a website through Citysearch.com that might be of help (don't be scared off by Citysearch's categorization of the place; IMO it's completely off-base).