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Sep 11, 2008 08:11 AM

Very casual, west chelsea/garment district group dining


Wondering where to eat after galleries with a group of people. Usually it's around 8pm and a mixed crowd (4-8) without enthusiasm for paying very much. Grand Sichuan on 24th and 9th is good, the Hog Pit used to be empty, Rub is good for a group. Tia Pol, Red Cat, Cookshop are all too formal. Anything new and reasonably priced but not too crowded? Half King is too loud and hit and miss food, but we end up there anyway. The Park is quite miserable. Really looking for a decent, totally empty pub with good food, but the ones I'm thinking of went out of business (not enough customers?).

Thanks so much for suggestions.

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    1. re: timbrel2

      It's impossible to get waited on--if you don't mind waiting a half an hour to get a drink, it would be ok.

    2. Try Zemi on 18th and 9th. It's new (a few months old?) and very casual and has great food and selection for the price. It is labeled as an "asian bistro" - offering anything from lo mein and pad thai to great wraps and sandwiches. I know it doesn't sound possible, but they make it work. We live in the neighborhood and dine or order out from there a couple of times a week. There are always tables available, but I have noticed it's starting to fill up with more repeat locals like ourselves.

        1. re: LeahBaila

          Thank you for reminding me the name of this place--saw the menu awhile back and could not locate the name. Looks good.

        2. Try Dublin 6 or Flight 151. I have not eaten at Dublin 6 but the atmosphere is very relaxed. I had a really good burger at Flight 151 but was there during lunch so I'm not sure what it's like at night.

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          1. re: misnatalie

            Thanks so much--Flight 151 was pretty loud when I was there, but it was years ago. Will check it out again and will try Dublin 6.

          2. NEGRIL on w23rd has a great food/drinks happy hour. i love it.

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            1. re: mrnyc

              I don't think I've ever seen a post on it--will stop in next time--thanks!

              1. re: mrnyc

                You should check out Negril Village...that's where the Mango Cheesecake is.