5 girls in mid-late 30s good food, good scene near bowery st area
Its my friends bday and we want to have good food, scene, etc near bowery. I tried for DBGB but couldn't get a res for this sat. Does anyone think Mercat is good and then maybe go to some places near there? thanks!
Freemans (if you can get one more person you can get a reservation and won't have to wait)
I like Mercat a lot, although the last time I have been was in late 2008. Has a great vibe, but is more of a tapas restaurant than a bar scene (although there is a bar). Most people at the bar are just waiting to sit down in my experience. FYI there is a downstairs in Mercat.. may be closer, or farther, away from what you are looking for (its more intimate).
Table 8 at Cooper Square opened. I was there recently and thought food was fine, not exceptional. A good, but small, bar scene at the bar adjacent to the restaurant / part of the hotel. On day I went (monday), neither the bar/restaurant were packed, but I was at bar for a drink a few months ago on a Thursday and it was buzzing without being too crowded.
I recently had a drink at Double Crown.. there are tables there so I guess there is a restaurant there as well. Was there late on a Thursday and bar was packed (there is a "hidden" bar in the back as well).. I would call it a late 20s crowd that one time I was there. More divey than than other 2 options.
I didn't like Gemma at all the first/only time I was there a year ago.. thought it was below average italian for premium prices, although in a beautiful space.
Nolita can be considered as well (only a 5-10 min walk from DBGB) and you will find a whole host of new options there fitting the trendy/scene/good food vibe you are going for.