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Day time cocktails near union square?

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Looking for a place for a small group (8ish) to grab some well-made drinks in the mid/late afternoon on a weekday, must be within a few blocks of unions square.

Currently thinking of either the bar at the W or Rye house - running into some limitations as a lot of places that are always recommended for fancy cocktails dont seem to open until 5 (regardless of location issues). Probably leaning towards rye house because i like their drinks a lot, not sure how the seating is at the W but it doesnt look ideal for a group our size (high chairs at rye hosue probably better than backless footstool things at the W).

We'd like somewhere nice but not stuffy or super crowded (though im thinking ~4pm on a tuesday shouldnt be a big deal anywhere) is there something obvious I am missing?

Rye House
11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Perhaps Lillies, on 17th just west of Union Square? It is a comfortable spot, open in the afternoons, and has a well-stocked bar (focuses on Whiskeys due to a UK/Victorian theme)

    13 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003

    1. I was wandering up Broadway from US about a week ago, midweek and late afternoon, and the impulse for a drink and a snack him me just as I was passing Craftbar. I followed the impulse, had a few negronis, the olive and almond app., and some cheese and bread. There were a few other patrons, some (like me) at the bar, some at tables, and a waitstaff that seemed happy to see us.

      900 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: budgetrick

        The same sceanrio has played out for us several *ahem* times. They can mix some fine cocktails there and seem genuinely happy to have patrons during the mid afternoon lull.

      2. How about the Tavern Room at Gramercy Tavern. It shouldn't be crowded at that time in the afternoon and is a beautiful room with interesting cocktails and great wines by the glass.

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

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        1. re: maxine

          Another excellent choice.

        2. The bar at the back of Coffee Shop is fun, kinda funky, but not fancy.

          Coffee Shop
          29 Union Sq W, New York, NY 10003

          1. Was in NYC for a weekend and wandered into Rye House. Found it to be casual, welcoming, and armed with an immensely knowledgeable bartender. Liked it so much Thursday afternoon we went back Friday for the bartender's variations on the Sazerac (one involving cognac), and brought more friends on Saturday. An easy place to spend a few hours.

            Rye House
            11 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011