Midtown low-key for drinks, food tonight
I'm looking for a place for a few friends and I to get a drink and possibly some food after an event tonight in Midtown (46th btwn Mad & 5th). Here are the criteria:
-not too loud (we'll want to talk)
-reasonably priced (glass of wine $8-$12)
-decent food. We'll probably order something, but not a full, sit-down dinner. Pub food or tapas would be fine, as long as it's not a sports bar scene or too crowded.
-We all need to take the subway home, so something near the 1,2,3 or F,M or N,R would be ideal.
I feel as if this would be easy to find downtown, but I don't know Midtown well anymore.
Since the weather is going to be great today, check out "Upstairs at The Kimberly." The venue is lovely and, while some of the drinks are out of your range, there are plenty of glasses that cost at or below $12. Located near the M train (53rd/Lex): http://upstairsnyc.com/index.php
Another option quite close to your starting point is La Fonda del Sol. It's in the MetLife Buiding, entrance at 45th and Vanderbilt. Wines by the glass, sherry and drinks in the price range you suggest, and very good tapas. Can be noisy earlier in the evening during commuter rush, but quieter later. Then from Grand Central you can take the shuttle to Times Square and trasnfer to 1, 2, 3, N, R or walk to Bryant Park station for F, M.
La Fonda del Sol
200 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10020
There is a bar in the McGraw building on 48th, Lounge 48, that is a solid after work type place that would probably be just what you are looking for. Website is 48nyc. Good bartenders and nice choices for food or bar snacks.
Bills Bar & Burger in Rock Center would probably fit the bill. I've only been to lunch, so I have no idea how loud it gets during the evening. But it should be reasonably easy to get a table, and the food is decent.