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ronnie56 Sep 15, 2009 07:18 PM

Four guys going out to Thursday night dinner near Penn station for a reunion. Not picky about the type of cuisine, but it would be nice to have a variety of food options on the menu just in case one prefers fish, etc. They will likely have a couple of drinks and dinner and prefer to keep budget to $60 pp or less, including drinks and tip, if possible. It would be a plus if the place were not that noisy and provided a nice setting to talk for an extended time.

Which would you choose:

Tracks
Seven Bar and Grill
Stout
Tir na Nog
Lugo Caffe
Niles
Nick and Stefs

Koreatown not an option. At first glance Nick and Stefs and Niles look pricy. Any of these others a good choice?

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    JMJD Sep 15, 2009 08:00 PM

    Would say Tir na Nog or Stout. Stout is a sports bar type place with bar food....if there's a game it could be crowded. Tir na Nog if I recall could be crowded at happy hour. I recall the menu being either bar snacks or on the pricey side, but I'd look at menupages.

    1. LeahBaila Sep 16, 2009 05:16 AM

      I'd say go with Lugo Caffe...the space is large and attractive and they have a great bar area.

      www.thelunchbelle.com

      1. smokeandapancake Sep 16, 2009 07:08 AM

        Tir Na Nog is a goog guys place...good burgers, good beer

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          Simon Sep 16, 2009 07:23 AM

          i would go to Keens Steakhouse and sit in the pub room (in between the bar and the main dining room)...the regular menu steaks, chops, etc are way over the 60 pp limit...but if you got burgers, appetizers, etc, from the pub menu you'd probably be able to get out of there for around 60 each, including some drinks...they also have a fried chicken salad on the pub menu that's great...

          i'm suggesting Keens partly because it's a great and memorable place for a reunion...haven't been to the other places, so i can't weigh in...have a fun night...

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            Spends Rent on Food Sep 17, 2009 05:52 AM

            Have to agree with Simon. Keens Pub room is a great place to meet with a bunch of guys, with much less expensive options than the main dining room.

          2. egit Sep 16, 2009 10:14 AM

            I also think Keens pub room might be a good selection. That was the first thing I thought of until you mentioned the budget. Great whiskey selection (bourbon?)

            Tir na Nog is also a good spot with surprisingly better food than you'd think. Good beer selection.

            I've heard good things about Seven but haven't been.

            Stout's no good if you want to talk and want to eat something besides a greasy pile of unidentifiable imitation food product. Though they do have an extensive beer selection-- which is nice. Just not good for anything but watching a game.

            I dont' know anything about the other places you mentioned.

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              TooLooseLaTrek Sep 16, 2009 10:36 AM

              The pub room at Keens is a good suggestion and not too far from Penn(36th/btwn 5th & 6th).From your list I would go with Nick & Stefs then Tir Na Nog.The only other one I have been to is Tracks,which is good for a drink and a quick bite,but probably for an extended get together.You are right about Nick/Stefs being pricey.

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                45yearheelfan Sep 16, 2009 02:16 PM

                Tir Na Nog is a great place for guys to hang out and the food is far better than you might expect and they pour a great drink

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                  small h Sep 16, 2009 05:30 PM

                  One more vote for Tir Na Nog. It calms down after rush hour.

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