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any suggestions for a relaxed pub/bar with food / music Flatiron / Union Square area

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I'm visiting this week and will be meeting up with some friends. looking for some places where we can grab a drink, some reasonable food and catch up. If there was a local band / singer playing in the evening, that might be good too. Not looking for a trendy mob scene or a complete dive. Although I've suggested Flatiron, Union Square areas since they are near where I'm staying, any places that fit the bill could be considered. I've been to Pete's Tavern before and enjoyed that and was thinking of "The Spotted Pig" (but not in the evenings when I've heard it's pretty busy). Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

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  1. Jazz Standard is on 27th St., b/t Park Av. S. & Lex. It's downstairs from the very popular Blue Smoke, which provides the food.

    http://www.jazzstandard.net/red/index...

    1. if you liked PETES you will love OLD TOWN TAVERN. another historic old ny pub, just north of union square on 18th st bet bway and park south.

      1. i like Tavern on Jane at 8th ave and Jane. not far from Union Sq. area.

        1. 2nd old town . stole my thunder. btw if you remember the old intro to late night with david letterman on nbc, they zoomed in on a great old bar sign. that was old town....

          1. I happen to like Metro (Wine) Bar on 21st and Bdway. No music, but I enjoy the bar and a burger. No scene and not too noisy. Very relaxed. Old Town a good choice. NG on Pete's Tavern--food not good (IMHO) and way too noisy.

            1. used to go to Pete's all the time for past 20 yrs or so. food's gotten mediocre at best so havent been there as much lately. havent been to old town which i heard is pretty good. ive been to Metro once and enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Tavern on Jane is good too but a little to far from flatiron/union square area. does anyone remember the previous place that was there, Jane Street Seafood? I really miss that place.

              1. Thanks for all the ideas - I'm looking forward to trying several of them over the next week!

                1. St. James Gate is good, on 2nd btwn. 52nd and 51st. Lots of pubs in that area, but St. James had really good food. Recommended dishes are the Shepards Pie, Sliders, Quesadillas, Fish and Chips. Nice presentation, good drinks, not crazy prices, and really nice bartenders, or table service if you'd rather!!!