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I'm running the NYC marathon on Nov. 6 and I'm looking for a place to host a casual drinks/apps party post-race (so early evening/late afternoon on a Sunday). Probably about 20-30 people, doesn't need to be a private space -- would like to avoid midtown crowds/anything too close to the race route but otherwise flexible. Any ideas? Thanks in advance for the help!

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  1. By early evening the race route is rolled up so anything off 1st Ave is probably fine. As you'll not feel like walking much the key is to be near your hood and a loungey place with a lot of seating makes sense (trust me, I've done the last 4 and am slated for Nov 6 too... you want to sit) I am having my post race meetup at either St James Gate, Geaorge Keeleys or Tolani on Amsterdam in the low 80's. Tolani might be great for what you're after. What neighborhood do you want to be in?

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    George Keeley
    485 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    St. James Gate
    441 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

    Tolani
    410 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

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    1. re: dyrewolf

      Thanks for the suggestions! I'm not totally picky about neighborhood, but I live down in the East Village, so if you think it's better to be near the hood then I'd be looking for something further downtown....

    2. Cercle Rouge might work

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      Cercle Rouge
      241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

      1. I know this is a food blog, but logistics, esp in this case, does play a role. Not only do you have the marathon crowds, but both the Jets and Giants play that day (along with all the other NFL), so, while I am a BIG fan the Amsterdam strip are that dyrewolf recommends, all those places are usually PACKED on Sunday--sometimes not even a single seat, much less room for 20-30. I go to Cercle Rouge from time to time, and that could very well be the answer you are looking for. One other suggestion is to get on the 1 right there at 59th street (trans @ 42 to the 2 or 3) and go all the way down to Stone Street (x @ Wall Street) where there are about 10 restaurants of all types. Additionally, there is outdoor seating (the street is a pedestrian one) including picnic tables which can handle large groups. Many of the rests have heat lamps in case the afternoon chill becomes uncomfortable. Good luck in the run!

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        Cercle Rouge
        241 W. Broadway, New York, NY 10013

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