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Going away party: bar with food?

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I'm leaving town next week and would like to have a big get-together at a bar before I go. I'm not sure how many people will be coming by, but I'd like to keep it casual, allowing people to come and go as they please, staying for a drink or several. I'd also like for there to be food if possible. Does anyone know of a bar that could accommodate a large group without a reservation and that is festive and hopefully serves little bites to eat? Seating would also be a big plus! Thanks everyone.

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  1. neighborhood preference or what train lines you'd like to be near would make this easier

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    1. re: tex.s.toast

      I think downtown, Chelsea, LES, West or East Village. I know this is the Manhattan board, but I'd also be open to Brooklyn, within 20 minutes of Manhattan by subway. Thank you!

      1. re: Rebeccalp8937

        Is for beer, wine, cocktails? I think that at Lani Kai and Dram (Brooklyn), you can reserve a little area with some seating.

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        Lani Kai
        525 Broome St, New York, NY 10012