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West Village drinks for first "meeting"

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Blind date, so I don't want to commit to more than a drink or two to begin with. Looking for someplace in the West Village or slightly east.

Would like more of a lounge atmosphere than a restaurant...hopefully someplace with comfortable seating so we can chat and hear one another.

Nothing too noisy or crowded.



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  1. I like Dublin 6 on Hudson. Never too crowded, great drinks (especially if you get the British woman bartender), and I've never had problems with volume. The food is pretty mediocre, but there's no shortage of decent restaurants nearby.

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    1. re: seeEricaEat

      Dublin 6 worked out great. Thanks!


    2. The Other Room on Perry near Greenwich. Very pleasant wine bar where I've had (too) many first dates.

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      1. re: a_and_w

        My first thought was The Room, sibling to The Other Room, on Sullivan between Houston and Prince. No liquor, but great selection of beer and wine and a casual, loungey feel.

      2. You can try Pegu Club, 77 West Houston. Definately will be quiet, especially if you get one of the tables for two by the windows.

        1. Turks & Frogs on W 11th works well for this kind of thing. Bar and a number of wooden tables in the front room, antique couch and chairs in the back room. Never too crowded but has a nice vibe. FYI: Only beer and wine. The nibbles are good, too, in case you get hungry.

          1. Tavern On Jane. Very neighborhood, casual vibe. You can always flee quickly if you have to.

            1. "The Room on Sullivan St. Only beer wine but a nice back room and and a great beer list. If you like each other easy to find another place if not, at least a couple of good beers in you to help you laugh it off. They play great music there too. There is a a spinoff on Perry Street called "The Other Room". A little more trendy, but also good. Pegu has a Euro trasg/NYU crowd and is exspensive. But it might work for you. Tavern on Jane I love but is a real neighborhood joint and is noisy. Better for a third date then a first I think. Dublin 6 is fun as I see you found out!

              1. Its probably too late, but Dove on Thompson between Bleeker and Third. A very mellow lounge with good music, comfy chairs and resonably priced drinks. It is pretty without being too inimate for a first meeting.