unpretentious outdoor drinks
Hi I'm trying to get small group (20 or so people, age: 30somethings), together for outdoor cocktails. In today economy, i’d like not to offer $12-$15 drinks and am looking for something more low key. Looking only for Manhattan. It will be a monday evening in June. I’d like to keep it near trains, so people can get there easily. Am trying not to go north of 57th st. but would go down as far as soho, east village, west village if the spot was cool.
Have already considered:
El Ray Del Sol
I’ve checked NY Mag, Citysearch and Time Out NY. I’ve checked Yelp and chowhound and i’ve asked all 400+ of my facebook friends.. im not finding anything....
Any other suggestions?
Please help.. :)
most of the hotel and park bars are either pretentious, expensive, have bad service or all of the above.
the la quinta inn on 32nd has a rooftop with view of the empire state. non-pretentious as you might imagine. service is so so. decidedly un-cool.
bryant park cafe gets a little douche-y post work happy hour, but mellows out after that. a bit pricey but beautiful spot.
you can try the new water taxi beach at south street sea port.
rivival near union square is a no-frills neighborhood bar with a back yard.
ear inn is a great. not quite right near the subway... but mellow drinking on the sidewalk outside until about 11pm. not much seating though, if you don't mind.
second the frying pan rec. from above.
loreley has a beer garden and you can reserve a long picnic table or 2. full bar besides the excellent selection of beers. they may expect you to order some food with a rez.
if you're going to eat, royale in alphabet city is great and cheap. $6 burgers and $5 cocktails. nice back patio and friendly service. not too train convenient though.
bua on st marks and A is friendly and cheap. not exactly an outdoor place, but they do have some longish tables outside in front of the place. don't believe you can reserve them. and long picnic tables next to big open windows directly inside. you could reserve a table by the open window and commandeer an outside sidewalk table as it becomes available. great lighting, decor and music. high quality finger foods as well.
New York Milkshake Lounge - on 47th between 1st and 2nd (across from the UN), in the Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. It's very low-key -- maybe beyond what you're looking for -- but worth checking out. All outdoor seating. They have a grill, full bar, ice cream, and of course milkshakes. I had a nice egg cream there; my friends had burgers and really liked them. Prices are reasonable.