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After Work Food & Drinks Chelsea/Penn Station area?

Meeting a buddy for after work meal-drinks-catching up, and looking for a place that will be good for two foodies, isn't loud or a "scene and be seen" sort of place, and that doesn't break the bank.

Based on where we both work, I'm totally open to suggestions in Chelsea/MePa, or anywhere on the westside up to (and in and around) Penn Station.

Thanks so much for the help!

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  1. What do you all like to drink?

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    1. re: LeahBaila

      Mostly beers (microbrews), but always open to good wines as well.

      1. re: NYEpicuriosity

        Markt, 21st and 6th, has a great beer selection and a pretty decent wine list...I'm a big fan of their Riesling.

        1. re: LeahBaila

          Thanks, but we met up there last time we hung out because I saw they had Corsendonks (one of my faves) Any other suggestions?

          1. re: NYEpicuriosity

            Actually, Stout has some great brews and (believe it or not) pretty awesome bar food. They make a damn good pizza.

            1. re: LeahBaila

              Really? I only got to try their food at a private party in one of their rooms and it was pre-selected and okay. Suggestions for what to order? Service was super friendly. There's not much around there other than Stout. Maybe Heartland Brewery but it's not as close.

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                We loved the artichoke dip, cheeseburgers & fries and the pizzas...it ain't life changing food, but for a bar I was really impressed.

                1. re: LeahBaila

                  Stout is on my "bash whenever possible" list due to unforgiveably poor service (and even that is an understatement). They are clueless. And FYI - not attacking your recommendation, just the place.

                  I would suggest St Andrew's. Great food (and great bar food). Good beer selection but the most incredible Scotch selection in NYC.

                  Had to edit when I finally registered the area the OP was looking in. St Andrews is out of bounds (but still worth the trip).

                  1. re: Spiritchaser

                    Agreed. Stout's not a recommendable place. If the OP likes Belgian beers, La Petite Abeille sounds like a different alternative to Markt.

                    1. re: Spiritchaser

                      Where is Is St. Andrews? Is it like Brugge or the brew pub in Red Hook? spiritchaser, what do you suggest at St. Andrew's? Always reading these threads on the prowl for places downtown like Chumleys (closed) and the pub that was next door to Burp Castle (closed).

                      1. re: financialdistrictresident

                        On 44th by 6th Ave. No, definately not a brew pub. It's a bar restaurant that is kind of divided up in three, the front is a bar eating area, then a long stretch of a nice wooden bar, and then the dining area proper. The pub grub goes from sandwiches to baby back ribs and they have some excellent oysters (paired with a nice peaty Scotch - yum). The dining room has some very good fish and larger portions of some bar items. It may seem cheesey when you first walk in because everyone is wearing kilts and such BUT everyone there knows their Scotch and it's a genuinely friendly place.

                        1. re: Spiritchaser

                          Thanks, spiritchaser. I used to work on 45th and 6th Ave. how did I miss this place? I miss Chumley's summer lobster special, otherwise food wasn't anything special. Wish they would reopen.

                          1. re: financialdistrictresident

                            It must be easily missed because we were in that area all the time but my girlfriend wound up finding it a few years back while trying to find a Scotch bar for me. When we saw where it was we wondered the same thing - how'd we miss it for so long?

                            1. re: Spiritchaser

                              Don't they also have haggis? I was thinking about visiting them just for the novelty. Burns' Night is coming up, after all, though I do remember hearing they were rather pricey.

                              1. re: JungMann

                                Yep, they have haggis. I've only been there once and had a pretty decent roast beef sandwich; it hit the spot. They also had a $17 Scotch flight with pours from Islay, so it seemed like a good place for Scotch lovers.

                                1. re: JungMann

                                  If you are talking about the Burns Night that I know you have a few months to plan! But yes, they do have haggis. I don't think they were overly expensive.

                  2. re: LeahBaila

                    I had a decent salmon burger there; came with pretty good fries. Haven't tried the pizza, but I wonder just what they mean by "Wisconsin-style" (besides, like, cheese).

          2. Hey everyone, thanks for the suggestions. Stout sounds like fun, although I've got to admit that bad service is a huge pet peeve of mine so maybe just going there for a few beers at the bar may be the way to go. St. Andrews is now definitely on my radar and La Petite Abeille may just be the spot.

            1. So wound up at Stout after all....Food was abysmal, but service and drinks were good (Had a bluepoint cask-conditioned ale that nearly knocked me off my bar stool). It's a REALLY loud place, reminds me of Puck Fair kind of, but given the options immediately around Penn Station it was fine.

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              1. re: NYEpicuriosity

                Warned you. Should've gone to La Petite Abeille! ;-)