Bar/lounge recs for a 35th bday party?
Hello, fellow Manhattan Chowhounds, and welcome to my inaugural post! (Yes, perhaps I'm a bit overexcited by this!)
So...I need your help! I'm looking for a good bar/lounge to host a 35th bday party for my husband. The details:
1. It'll be on a Saturday night, starting at about 9pm.
2. There will be about 30-35 people.
3. I'd like to have a spread of apps/small plates available and a cash (full) bar.
4. I'd rather not pay a rental fee, nor for a private bartender.
5. Ideally, I'd love a place that's not crowded but has a lively, fun vibe.
A private-ish room, or sofa area, or upstairs/downstairs lounge, etc., would be great. For example, I love the rear sofa area at Jadis on the LES, but 1) we've been there a hundred times, and 2) they serve only beer and wine and I'd like a full bar.
Too tall an order? I hope not -- why am I paying so much to live in this city if not for the boundless options for exactly this kind of event? (Well...don't answer that!)
Any and all suggestions are most welcome! And appreciated!
42 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002
Essex is a good choice- you an take one of the upstairs loft areas, they play music (but make sure you get the loft area that does not have the dj, too loud)- they also will do a cash bar and set up a bartender (who you would have to tip out) . They has will do platters for you of food
Hi! Years ago I used to frequent Villa Della Pace, down in the Village...somewhat rustic Italian, full bar--I remember thinking the food was good (particularly the antipasti) though I haven't been there in a while. I do remember they had a really nice room downstairs that might be perfect for a party like yours. Might be worth considering. Also, Inoteca on the LES has a nice room downstairs, and a party menu...
A friend of mine recently threw a party for her husband at Solas on E. 9th St. She brought her own food in, and we had the upstairs lounge, which has its own bar, all to ourselves. I'm not sure whether she paid a rental fee - she sprung for everyone's drinks, so that may have been enough for Solas. It was a very nice space, comfortable, good music, plenty of room to move. One caveat: do not drink the margaritas, as they are disgusting.