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UWS birthday drinks & bites

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I'm looking for a place on the UWS to get a group of friends (about 10 people) together for my 32nd birthday - just casual drinks and appetizers. I was thinking Citrus, but they want to put together a whole menu for us, which is probably more than we need. I've heard great things about Shalel lounge. Would it be good for a group like this?

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  1. Shalel lounge is great- but not for a big group and I'm not sure they have food. And, its quite dark and damp inside... its great for a romantic drink, but not for a group. I would reccomend SIP. Its a small bar on amsterdam and 110th (a little north, I know) But the drinks are good, and think they are serving small plates now. I threw my husband a bday party there two years ago, and they were able to accomodate us and even gave me some special drink prices. If that's too far north for you, I would also say just hang at the bar at Nice Matin- 79 and amsterdam. They have some good small plates and a nice bar space.
    Good Luck

    1. Nice matin is great but I think the bar area may be too small even for a group of 10, it'd be better if you got a group dinner reservation for a table in the back. Calle Ocho on Columbus/81st has a nice big bar/lounge area with areas that could work for a group, and they have a decent cocktail/app menu. Also consider the downstairs lounge at Penang on Amst. app/drink menu is fine there also.

      1. You might look at The Loft on Columbus between 84th and 85th. Or Ouest, Broadway at 84th. Or Regional, which is in the 90s, I think, on Broadway.

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