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Quiet Chelseas spot (Seventh/20th vicinity) for early weeknight drinks

Two old girlfriends for a few pre-dinner drinks on a weeknight. Looking for a semi-quiet so we can talk, but not lame spot. I was thinking rocking horse, but it sounds like it's gotten very loud.

All recs appreciated.

Thanks!

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  1. my catch-all, save-all, default place in my neighborhood (east village) is bar veloce. i go there for after work drinks, or first dates, or when i'm craving a panini! i even brought an italian client there once, he loved it! luckily, they also have a conveniently located chelsea bar veloce....

    7th between 20th and 21st

    1. Totally second the bar veloce call...great spot.

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      1. re: Vinoguy

        Sounds great...but, doing a b-day surprise dinner for this friend at Le Zie which is probably next door approx. right? Wondering if I am risking our seven other friends passing by!! Especially if we want to hop out for a smoke...guess I should have specified not on that block!

        1. If you want to hide out a few blocks away, try the Black Door on 26th between 6th and 7th. Great drinks (I judge by how they mix their martinis) and, during the weekday, it's not noisy and crowded. Nice vibe, big space.

          1. i had another thought for you....a few blocks away, but probably worth the walk!
            craftbar - braodway bet 20 & 21