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Where to take a group for appetizers & drinks only?

tsh11 Nov 5, 2008 01:57 PM

I'd like to invite about 10-12 people out for a casual birthday gathering for drinks and shared appetizers. Location: UES, mid-town, or downtown. We need a comfortable spot that can accomodate us standing up plus decent food and drinks. Ideally, I'd like to find a large, comfortable bar, not a private dining room (although I'm open to it if the atmosphere is right). Any recommendations for a fun birthday night out?

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    LBNJNY Apr 20, 2009 11:43 AM

    Try Boqueria in SoHo for Tapas. Nice spot.

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    1. re: LBNJNY
      jinglejangle Apr 25, 2009 07:01 AM

      Any other ideas? Looking for maybe a drink special or 2, decent bar food, ample bar space and a place where a 40something doesn't feel like a grandma.

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      classy510 Nov 6, 2008 10:28 AM

      How many people and what type of ambiance are you look for?

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      1. re: classy510
        tsh11 Nov 6, 2008 10:33 AM

        About 12 people. Comfortable bar or restaurant atmosphere -- not a meat market! Thinking of italian/spanish restaurant or classic old-fashioned New York city location.

        1. re: tsh11
          jinglejangle Apr 20, 2009 11:29 AM

          Thought I would bump up this post since it covers my needs. Any new/updated ideas for a fun happy hour place w/decent food where the bar area is big enough for a group of 20 or so? We're all in late 30's/early 40's. Any east-side neighborhood, from UE to LE is fine.

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        italianagambino Nov 6, 2008 06:43 AM

        The space is beautiful actually..Upstairs is great..Very cozy...
        51st between 2nd and 3rd

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        1. re: italianagambino
          tsh11 Nov 6, 2008 10:25 AM

          Thanks for the replies. I'll check them out!
          Have you been to Alta? I was thinking about that for tapas, but again - don't want everyone to have to sit down at a table in order to enjoy.

        2. viniferaNYC Nov 6, 2008 06:39 AM

          Try Flute - they have a great 2 for 1 (on all food & drinks) Happy Hour on Tuesdays. I've only been the Gramercy location.

          Flute Gramercy. 40 East 20th Street New York, NY 10003-1318 Phone: (212) 529- 7870

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