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inexpensive, quiet bar/lounge with snacks near Grand Central??

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Relatives are coming to town for a family meeting and we need a place to eat and then talk. For reasons too complicated to go into, this can't be at anyone's home.

Here are some parameters:

1. one person isn't very ambulatory, so right near Grand Central would be great.

2. one person is a spendhrift who's living with prices from a previous (long ago) moment in time and is dismayed by the cost of things today. They will make a stink at $10 glasses of wine. I myself would have suggested a place like the Campbell Apartments or the Algonquin lobby but then we will spend the entire time listening to this one person complain to the waitstaff and then management about how expensive it all is. For what it's worth, this person will also refuse to take a taxi as they think that's a waste of good money, so another reason for staying around Grand Central.

The place does need to be quiet and cosy for the family talk. Any ideas? For instance, is there a hotel with an inexpensive restaurant/diner and then a decent lobby we can sit in to talk?

I don't know mid-town very well anyway so any helpful thoughts would be appreciated.

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  1. Off-topic, but I think you think "spendtrift" means the opposite of what it means.

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    1. re: Sneakeater

      You're right, of course. That's what I get for trying to write about my family after a sleepless night. The person I'm referring to is anything but wasteful with money. Quite the contrary. Beyond miserly is more like it.

      1. re: adorno

        There's an Annie Moore's right off Vanderbilt at 43rd, It's an Irish bar, tables in the back, reasonable food and drinks (for Manhattan that is), definitely not gourmet, I wouldn't call it cozy either, but if you're going "off hours", it will be quiet.

        Another idea is Cafe Centro in the Met Life Building, I have always enjoyed my meals there and it's comfortable and quiet. More "mid-priced" for the City.

        The Roosevelt Hotel also has a bar on 44th and Vanderbilt, have never been, but when I walk by, it looks nice.

        Hope that helps.

    2. This is a tough one!! Hotel bars are not for the frugal. There is a pub on E 40 just off Lex, Peter Dillon that is not expensive but they don't serve food. I've seen people have food delivered to the Pub. There are numerous bars on 3rd Ave but that may be too far.
      There is a food court @ Grand Central and a couple of places have bars but won't be cheap. Grand Central Oyster Bar may work. Get an appetizer and share a beer!!!

      1. I would also add the Wheeltapper, on 43rd or 44th between Lex and Third. It's attached to a hotel, yes, but it has big booths and is usually not too loud.