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Looking for resturant with bar area and good food

I am traveling to NYC and am looking for place to have an early dinner with a group of people that will be arriving at different times. I was hoping for suggestins of a resturant with a large bar area with excellent bar food.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Great, would love to help...what part of town are you staying in/what hotel? What kind of food are you thinking/what cuisines sound good?

    1. I would suggest Otto. Not the greatest food in the city, but fun lively atmosphere that has a large bar area.

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          1. re: BRI328

            2nd... may be what you are looking for

            1. re: jsmitty

              I'm a big spotted pig fan, but unless you get there at 5:30 it can be really tough to get seats at the bar. I've gotten there at 6 before, thinking I'd beat the crowds, and arrived to a packed restaurant.

              1. re: ABT

                true. but there is upstairs and downstairs....

          2. Village, on West 9th street, has a large bar area and a great variety of food. I've used it for similar gatherings to yours many times. And it is a little less crazy most of the time than Otto and the Spotted Pig, where it can be very difficult to find space most nights.

            www.villagerestaurant.com

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