East 9th and 3rd Ave Gathering Place?
My family is coming into New York for 2 days and would like to invite 10 relatives to meet us for drinks, appetizers or desserts. We're going to be staying near the above intersection and are looking for a lounge-like environment nearby to have everyone meet us where people can drop in, see us, and order their own food and drink without wait staff looking to kick us out after five minutes.
Can anyone suggest anyplace close to this area that fits this description? Thanks!
While not a lounge-y atmosphere, I recently (over the summer) had a family gathering of just this sort at Veselka, just one block (9th & 2nd) from your desired corner.
We started as a group of six and took over some tables along the back wall of the diner. We casually ordered lunch, drinks, desserts, and the waitstaff tolerated a few other drop-ins/orders as time progressed. Granted, this was during a weekday afternoon, so you may not be able to do this on a busy Saturday night...
Veselka is a 24-hour diner and the food isn't anything outrageous, but it fit our needs for a central meeting place to nosh without being rushed out the door.
144 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003
maybe the restaurant at the Ukrainian National Home? It's next to Veselka and they are pretty mellow there. It has a full bar (affordable) and people could order a full meal or just some pierogies or a piece of kielbasa. They also have awesome latkes. It's not the most glamorous place, but it's comfortable. Way better than veselka.