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Equivalent of defunct Cedar Tavern?

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What's a current equivalent to the defunct Cedar Tarvern in Manhattan -- preferably downtown? Looking for a casual place for drinks and food, where a large group of friends can meet.

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  1. The bars along that block were pretty interchangeable. You'd probably be happy with Reservoir.

    1. Old Town Bar 18th between Broadway and Park Ave South
      Pete's Tavern Corner of Irving and 18th
      Fiddlesticks Greenwich and Perry
      McSorely's 7th between 3rd and 2nd.

      I think these are closer to what you're looking. I always thought Reservoir was more of a frat/dive.

        1. I was very disappointed with Reservoir the first (and last time) I went and also miss Cedar. It was my quick, inexpensive, eat when in the neighborhood. They had home made fries and their turkey burgers were pretty good. Haven't found anything like it in that neighborhood. May need to check out small h's rec.

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          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            Reservoir is not the same vibe, although it's not a terrible place.

            The White Horse has a comparable pedigree to the Cedar Tavern (Dylan Thomas, as opposed to Jackson Pollack & Willem De Kooning). The food's not quite as good, and it can get fratty - as could Cedar Tavern - but it's still a good place to hang.

            I would second funniduck's recommendations for Old Town and Pete's, also, and maybe add Peter McManus at 7th & 19th.

            1. re: small h

              The Cedar Tavern that the Abstract Art guys frequented was not on University Place. It was on Hudson Street...and as a name-sake, was moved...some of them (not Pollack, that's for sure) may have over-imbibed on University, but it's rather unlikely.

              The White Horse has been tied to the same spot all these years...

              1. re: penthouse pup

                Oh, alright, party pooper. How 'bout if I confess that I once splattered ketchup & mustard on a napkin there, in an homage to "Convergence"? Does that count for anything? Also, and this is @ me, learn to spell Pollock, or stfu.

            2. re: financialdistrictresident

              I have to confess that I was a young undergraduate when I last went to either Cedar or Reservoir, which, while not that long ago, perhaps left me too young to appreciate Cedar. We thought of them as flip sides of the same coin: not great, not bad bars for a Thursday night.

            3. Does anyone know what ever happened to the incredible BAR that was at the Cedar? That was a work of art. It was pretty incredible if you ever took the time to look at it. I hope it went somewhere, and not into someone's fireplace/wood-chipper.

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              1. re: egit

                It went to Austin, Texas. I've got expat NY-er pals there - I'll inquire as to whether they've seen it.

                http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2009/02...

                1. re: egit

                  Cedar had pretty good food. One of my friends who lived in the neighborhood suggested it. We usually went there or to Knickerbocker. Liked the two floors at Cedar's. I hope they saved the bar . . . Reservoir is not a place for eating, just drinking. Frozen french fries. Yuck.