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Jul 6, 2010 11:49 AM

Drinks near Gramercy Theater?

I will be in NYC this weekend for the God Street Wine shows at Gramercy Theater, and am looking for a place to get drinks before the shows. Casual, pub-ish neighborhood spots are ideal.

I am also looking for a dinner suggestion of a restaurant in the neighborhood, about $30-$40 per person. My sister lived in NYC last year, but always ate and went out in the lower east side area, so I'm out of my element in the Flatiron neighborhood.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. The Globe, and Molly's are suitable drinking spots nearby. 3rd Avenue and 23rd. has a bar or two on every block in both directions. You can also look into Live Bait.

    Any more criteria for the dinner suggestion? You'll have a lot of options.

    Live Bait
    14 E 23rd St, New York, NY 10010

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    1. re: sugartoof

      I've eaten at Craftbar in the area, and enjoyed it. I think an ideal spot would be a creative american type place, with a good craft beer selection.


      1. re: keltheh

        EMP has a very nice bar -both for cocktails and wines- but, true, it's not very pubby.
        You might also consider strolling down Irving Place below Gramercy Park: there're a lot of nice places there;
        [Casa Mono and Pete's Tavern come most immediately to mind, but there are many more in that area.]

        1. re: Phil Ogelos

          EMP actually has some very interesting beer selections. The last time we ordered the roasted chicken, my husband had this beer with it:

          1. re: RGR

            People always praise the main room, RGR, and rightly so, but the bar at EMP is really, really good: not ostentatiously (I guess that quality never gets through the door) but subtly and delightfully so. </blurb>

            1. re: Phil Ogelos

              Totally agree about the bar at EMP, Phil. Head Bartender Leo Robitschek and his team are terrific!

        2. re: keltheh

          Why not go back to Craftbar then? For dinner I'd suggest trying to fit Gramercy Tavern, or EMP into your price range...if you're looking to include beer into that budget, that's another story. The area doesn't have much in the way of microbrew unless you try Blue Smoke which is hit or miss, or Waterfront Ale House, which is nearby, but not exactly in the neighborhood. Lillie's on 17th has a good selection of beers, and good pub as well if you're going to try combining your drinks with dinner. Rye would be another option, off of 5th Ave on 17th. It's a sort walk from Flatiron into Gramercy. Another option might be Bluebelle Cafe. Their chef is on the new season of Hell's Kitchen, which might be a good, or bad thing, and they're owned by the same people who own Molly's. There is a Heartland Brewery in Union Sqr. but I wouldn't recommend that.

          Back to dinner, there's also Dhaba for Indian, Veritas might be too pricey but possible, Boqueria, Tabla, there's an Inoteca for panini, ABC Kitchen for upscale rustic farm to table theme, Bar Stuzzichini for Italian small plates, Beppe or Novita for Italian, Giorgio's of Gramercy is very close by, La Pizza Fresca for Neapolitan pizza and good pasta.

          Bar Stuzzichini
          928 Broadway, New York, NY 10010

          Giorgio's of Gramercy
          27 East 21st Street, New York, NY 10010

          Gramercy Tavern
          42 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

          43 East 20th St., New York, NY 10003

          La Pizza Fresca
          31 E 20th St, New York, NY 10003

          45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

          Blue Smoke
          116 East 27th Street, New York, NY 10016

          53 W 19th St, New York, NY 10011

          Waterfront Ale House
          540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

          102 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

          ABC Kitchen
          35 E 18th St, New York, NY 10003

        3. re: sugartoof

          Globe is across the street, good bar. never ate there though.

          curry hill is there if you like indian food

        4. I am also heading to the GSW show both Friday and Saturday night with an out of town Wino. I would strongly recommend the Waterfront Ale House at 540 2nd Avenue (Corner of 30th St.)

          I just had a 3 day trip to NYC in June and this was the first place we went. Great burger, real good appetizers, very interesting menu, and an absolutely awesome craft beer list (IMO). I am definitely going back there on Friday and possibly Saturday. Awesome burger.

          Waterfront Ale House
          540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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          1. re: RIfoodie29

            Thanks for all the suggestions! I think we'll splurge for dinner at EMP one night, and hit one of the places close by the other night. I'm getting hungry already.

            1. re: keltheh

              You're in for a real treat, kel, and indeed that whole neighbourhood -from 23rd to 14th btwn 3rd and 6th Avenues- is an extraordinarily good eating district.

              Please come back and tell us how it went and where else you indulged (& bring the Rhode Islander with you, too.)

              1. re: Phil Ogelos

                We ended up running behind both nights (mostly because of subway construction, I really should have paid more attention to exactly what stations the 6 train was not stopping at), so grabbed quick dinners each night. The first night we went to Molly's, which was fun, and the second night to Waterfront Ale house, where their beer list was all that was promised and more.

                I'm from the Philly area, so get up to NYC every few months. Next trip will be more food-based, because I really want to try EMP.