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work outing: bar recommendation for group of 20, in/near midtown?

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Hi CH-

I'm arranging an outing for my work group:
- 20 people
- leaving office in midtown (5th ave + 53rd)
- food and drink
- a Wednesday night

Any recommendations?

I checked out Bierhaus and it was too crowded/noisy. Some people are recommending the new, big bars on 9th ave, but I'm hoping to avoid a long walk or taking the train.

Thanks for your help!

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  1. Maybe Lounge 48 if the slick, polished vibe works for you.

    www.48nyc.com

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    Forty Eight
    1221 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10020

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      no... not going for slick/polished

      Conolly's, nearby, has an upstairs... maybe that is my backup plan

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      Connolly's
      43 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

    2. What about Faces and Names or Old Castle

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      Faces & Names
      159 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019

      The Oldcastle
      160 W 54th St, New York, NY 10019

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      1. re: apples

        Thanks, apples! I now have a rez at Faces + Names :-)

      2. Volstead or Tammany Hall Tavern

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        The Volstead
        125 E 54th St, New York, NY 10022

        Tammany Hall
        152 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002