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Quiet place for a book club meeting in midtown?

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So I've racked my brain and can't come up with a place for a book club meeting to take place. Here are the parameters:

-There will be 6-7 of us.
-Someplace in midtown (east/west) since we all live in various areas (Harlem, Bronx, Queens, UES, etc).
-A quiet winebar/bar/coffee spot/light bites where we can hear one another speak.
-A flexible place where the resto staff won't get upset if one of us comes in late to join the group.

In the past - we've met at Cafe Notte on the UES which worked well because it was spacious, light bites and quiet. We're trying to find an alternative since this location wasn't convenient for everyone.

I was thinking Cafe Grainne (which I realize is below Midtown) but it maybe too small?

Thanks Chowhounders!

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  1. If it's early enough,. Haven on 51st and 2nd. upstairs.

    1. There's also uncorked on
      E 59th St
      (at 2nd Ave)