Quiet, empty but nice enough LES/East Village/Chinatown Sat night 8pm with a group?
Ok, this is sort of an impossible restaurant or bar to search for, and I greatly appreciate any suggestions you may have. After a Saturday night art opening in January, an unknown number of people (from 4-20) of various ages (mostly 40s) will be heading out for drinks and possibly dinner near Allen and Delancey. It may be too cold to walk very far, and it would be better to have a place in mind before starting out with a group. Is there a solid chinese restaurant that would be open and have booze? A strangely quiet pub with some food? Sorry for the the anti-chow request!
Congee Village on SE corner of Allen and Delancey is big, decent, and has a full bar (and even has private rooms downstairs, if you can talk them into letting you use them.) They have a small bar area, but it's really a restaurant - not worth going if you're not going to sit down and eat.
You also might try An Choi, on Orchard just south of Broome. Good Vietnamese food, good drinks, big central table if they're not crowded.
100 Allen St, New York, NY 10002
85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002
We were in the heated back garden area at dba (on 1st ave btwn 2-3rd) last Saturday from about 4-7 and it was suprisingly empty and quiet (given how packed and bustling the bar itself got). You can bring in outside food, and the combination of Xian Famous Foods, space in which to enjoy it, good beer, and space in which to have a chill conversation with friends was awesome.
Xi'an Famous Foods
88 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002
It looks like the Magician will work for an empty and nice bar. And if we need to grab a bite to eat beforehand, Vanessa's Dumpling House for a pancake sandwich. And if it's just a few people for dinner instead, Pho Grand looks good. Any other ideas for sit down meals around 9pm on the Lower East Side? Thanks again!
Vanessa's Dumpling House
118 Eldridge St, New York, NY 10002