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Cocktails before Lupa

We have a Sat. 10PM res at Lupa in a couple weeks and I wondered what place would be best to bop into before. Looking for one of the hot spots or just a nice and/or fun place we don't have to go thru hoops to get an interesting drink around 9PM. I'd like to return to Flatiron but thought there might be something more convenient.

Two other questions, any place fun and handicap accessible around West 66th on a Fri. nite? Entrees in the $18-25 range; American, Italian, Mediterranean, Latin, etc.

And if you were going out for breakfast on a Mon. morning, where would you go? Think we're staying in the lower Chinatown area but still not sure, will get the bus at 10th Ave. between 40/41. I often carbo load some Ukrainian goodness at Odessa but thought something else might work before the bus ride home. I'm coming from Boston and don't get to New York nearly enough. Thanks.

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Lupa
170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Pegu Club on Houston St. is probably a 2 minute walk tops, very nice cocktails. I'm not sure what it is like at 9:00 on a Friday though.

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    Pegu Club
    77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

    1. 9pm on Saturday is going to be busy pretty much everywhere you go.

      Pegu Club is excellent but may have a line by then.

      Little Branch is also good, I don't think I've seen a line on a weekend until 10pm or so -- you may not be able to get a table but you could probably squeeze into the bar area. Ditto for Employees Only. EO is likely to be really loud/fun/crowded. 1534 runs more loud/fun, too.

      Slightly off the beaten path would be Madam Geneva or Mother's Ruin, maybe 1534.

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      Little Branch
      22 Seventh Ave South, New York, NY 10014

      Employees Only
      510 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      Pegu Club
      77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

      Madam Geneva
      4 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

      1534
      20 Prince St, New York, NY 10012

      Mother's Ruin
      18 Spring St, New York, NY 10012

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      1. re: kathryn

        I actually was at Pegu Club last visit. Little Branch seems interesting altho Yelp makes it sound like it's crowded early. Is it walking distance? Also sounds like 1534 maybe takes reservations. Any other thoughts on Temple Bar? Sounds like it's pretty quiet and while I'm hoping to walk in and sit down fairly easily, we don't want to be one of just a few parties there.

        Any thoughts on a fun handicapped spot around W. 66th or a good Mon. breakfast?

        1. re: Joanie

          Re: Little Branch
          The bar doesn't really have true seats which is why you might be able to squeeze in at 9pm on a Saturday. It won't be comfortable though. It's also down a flight of stairs.

          1534 only takes reservations for 4 or more people I believe. It is also down a flight of stairs.

          West 66th ish is tough because it's close to Lincoln Center. Not exactly a neighborhood known as a hotspot.

          Best weekday breakfasts (note Shopsin's is closed Mondays)
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8330...

          Also I'm not clear as to whether your request for somewhere handicapped accessible applies to all your questions.

          1. re: kathryn

            Yeah sorry, the handicapped accessible is just for the Lincoln/W66th dinner. Stairs all other times are fine. Is Temple Bar just kind of a weird place?

            Thanks for the breakfast link.

            1. re: Joanie

              Temple Bar is not a weird place at all. It's a dark, nice-looking bar that attracts a well-behaved crowd and serves very good drinks. What makes you think it's "weird"?

              1. re: small h

                Yeah weird is the wrong word. Yelp had one review saying it was boring and one saying it smelled like Chinese food. It does have a nice look in the photos. Like I said, hoping to find a perfect combination of being able to sit but in an upbeat and fun place which I know is tough on a Sat. at 9PM.

                1. re: Joanie

                  I can definitely see a Yelp reviewer finding Temple Bar boring - it's not a place you go to make new friends. It's a place you go to hang out with the friends you already have. I've been there when the crowd was lively, but usually it's more of a "grown-up" atmosphere. If you're looking for someplace with a buzz-y feel, you may be disappointed. I love the place to death, though. I've done my time in raucous settings, and now I usually like things a bit more sedate. Not always, but usually.

      2. Pegu Club fits the bill but will be mobbed. If you can't get in, you might try the cocktails at Lupa. They have very good drinks there although I usually end up with wine instead. They of course have good olives for martinis and I remember them doing some good things with bitters as well. Enjoy your night!
        JeremyEG
        HomeCookLocavore.com

        1. There's also Temple bar on Lafayette for old school cocktails with no issue getting in or getting a seat and a short (5 min or so) walk to Lupa.

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          Temple Bar
          332 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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          1. re: Barcelonian

            You can make a reservation at Pegu Club :)

          2. While I love Pegu Club, there are also some great bars in the neighborhood that are mixing old school as well as just a decent cocktail that should not be forgotten

            Merc Bar - definitely older space and not as cool, but they still make a great Martini
            Crosby Street Hotel - newer space, very trendy but again making great cocktails
            Wren on Bowery - good space, not so crowded
            Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar - small space, but good drinks and nice noshing food

            Have fun!

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            Blue Ribbon Downing Street Bar
            34 Downing St, New York, NY 10014

            Pegu Club
            77 W Houston St, New York, NY 10012

            Crosby Bar & Terrace
            79 Crosby St, New York, NY 10012

            The Wren
            344 Bowery, New York, NY 10012

            Merc Bar
            151 Mercer St, New York, NY 10012

            1. The bar at Thompson Street Hotel is really a nice spot with good drinks.
              Or being that you have some time, you can go to the Gansevoort Hotel Bar is really good, but gets real crowded, both can be considered hot spots.

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              Plunge
              18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

              Thom Bar
              60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

              CarteBlanche
              18 9th Ave, New York, NY 10014

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              1. re: foodwhisperer

                I went to the Gansevoort bar probably 6 years ago. Thom sounds okay, Plunge is maybe a little too groovy for me. Lots to choose from now, maybe I'll go with Temple, but It's so hard to find the perfect combination of good drinks in a nice atmosphere, lively but not jammed, drinks that don't cost $18, etc.

                Back to the W. 65th question, anyone have info on Bistro Cassis, Victor's or Pasha?

                http://www.bistrocassis.com/cassisnyc...
                http://www.victorscafe.com/index2.html
                http://www.pashanewyork.com/

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                Bistro Cassis
                225 Columbus Ave, New York, NY 10023

                Pasha
                70 West 71st Street, New York, NY 10023

                Victor's Cafe
                236 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

                1. re: Joanie

                  Thompson Hotel bar has it all. As far as second question, i cant believe Victor's is still around. Maybe Vai is a good choice for italian.

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                  Victor's Cafe
                  236 West 52nd Street, New York, NY 10019

                2. re: foodwhisperer

                  Foodwhisperer, is it surprising that Victor's is still around cuz it's not good? Looking for non Italian actually hoping that Cassis does the trick.

                  1. re: Joanie

                    I have not been to Victor's in over a decade, so I don't know if it is good or not. Many years ago it was very good. Then it got a bit run down and the food wasn't that good. It has been to long for me to comment on the food now. I'd bet it is a different chef from the days I was there, It just surprised me that it was still around. Many older places are gone because their lease ran out, and they couldnt afford to renew. Even if the food was great. So if you go to Victor's i'll look for your review.