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beth1234 Apr 5, 2011 06:52 PM

Looking for a spot to grab a bite before going out on town for friends 40th. Good drinks and appetizers probably more than entrees as there will be a bunch of us. Thinking bar room at Aureole but wondering if might be a little stuffy for what we are looking for. Would like to be between Grand Central and Bryant Park - or at least close to that area. Thanks in advance.

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    Blumie Apr 6, 2011 08:03 AM

    Blue Bar at the Algonguin is a good and comfortable place for meeting friends over drinks and appetizers.

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    Blue Bar
    59 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036

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      Elizabeth E. Apr 6, 2011 05:43 AM

      Pera Mediterranean Bistro is one block over on Madison. Good drinks and tapas-type appetizers. More casual than Aureole.

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      Aureole
      135 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

      Pera
      303 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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        David W Apr 6, 2011 08:08 AM

        I've been looking for a spot to have dinner before an event at Town Hall-my question concerns the noise level, especially on a Friday night, which they list as "jazz night" - how would you rate it for decent conversation levels?

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          Elizabeth E. Apr 6, 2011 10:10 AM

          I'd say Pera is normally medium-loud, by which I mean conversation is fine for two or four people, but might be more difficult at a table for 6 or 8. I've never eaten there during a "jazz night."

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          Pera
          303 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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            David W Apr 6, 2011 12:10 PM

            OK, thanks.

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