UWS birthday drinks & bites
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?
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.
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.
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.