Dinner / bar itinerary needed for 6 ppl - lower Manhattan
I'm a former Philly CH, but just moved to NY and need your help! I'm entertaining a group of 6 this Saturday, all b/n 28 and 32 y/o, professionals, and relatively good eaters... We plan to eat something relatively light and informal (think tapas, antipasti, sushi, etc.) and nothing too spicy, since we're planning to continue on to a couple of pubs or lounges.
Can anyone recommend an itinerary for a not-too-sceney, yet fun, night out that includes a light dinner in a fun place with decent bars nearby? Lower Manhattan works best for us-- East or West Village, SOHO, or LES...
In the Lower East Side below Houston, I recommend Inoteca, 98 Rivington St., corner of Ludlow. It's open from noon to 3 A.M. and serves lots of barhoppers some tasty food, made with excellent ingredients, with drinks for those who want them. I've never had dinner there at a regular hour, but I have had late-night meals - usually a panino, but last Saturday, I shared a special of crostini that were large and really like small open-face sandwiches and a special salad, both delicious (I could describe them, but hey, they're specials and if they're still being served, the waiter/waitress will tell you). And there are a whole bunch of bars nearby to keep your interest. Have a look at Inoteca's menu and so forth here: