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Lively place for drink and good food near Penn Sta

Meeting some friends for drinks and food on Friday eve. They need to stay relatively close to Penn Sta. Looking for a lively atmosphere that we can also enjoy some good food. Mexican slop and below average bar food not on the docket.


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  1. A 10 minute walk would get you to The Breslin or The NoMad Hotel Library Bar, the latter being the better choice if you are looking for incredible cocktails along with awesome food. The Breslin has great food, good drinks, and a lively vibe.

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    1. re: Spiritchaser

      Both are likely to be slammed Friday night though.

      Love the Library at the NoMad but the last few times I've gone, a good chunk of the tables have been reserved for hotel guests.

      1. re: kathryn

        True, unless they get there early, but on a Friday I think they'll have to deal with that regardless of where they go unless it's a complete dive (and even then ya never know).

    2. Guy Fieri's restaurant is an 8 block walk up 7th Ave to Times Square. The reviews are SO bad that it may be worth checking out as a goof.

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      1. re: Veggo

        'The reviews are SO bad that it may be worth checking out as a goof.'

        Poppi...we even think alike!
        Sometimes, it's all about the goof.

        Viva 916

      2. Is this for dinner? Or just some food and drink at the bar?

        Maybe Hanjan or Maysville? Both take reservations.

        1. If Korean is good for you guys, then K-Town is really close by. It'll certainly be lively as well on a Friday night.

          1. American Whiskey on 30th b/t 7+8 just opened two weeks ago, long list of you know what, food is passable for the immediate Penn Station area.

            Pennsylvania 6 on 31st b/t 6+7 is swankier, longer food menu.

            Lugo's in 1 Penn Plaza building on 33rd - probably try to get a reservation, it'll be crowded during happy hour.

            Hill Country is on the same block as Hanjan and Maysville.

            Anyone been Nick+Stef's steakhouse? Is that inside MSG? Given the construction on MSG, I've never been able to figure out where it is.

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            1. re: avial

              Nick+Stef's steakhouse currently closed for MSG construction.

            2. Stella at Macy's is a terrific option, with sublime food and a great view of the Empire State Building. This is certainly the best restaurant in any NYC retail establishment.

              1. Thanks for all the ideas. The group is looking for more of a pub with better than average food. Meeting at 5PM. Thanks

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                1. re: princeofpork3

                  I guess that means Guy Fieri has been voted off the island of Manhattan....:)

                  1. re: princeofpork3

                    The Pub Room at Keens would be perfect. It's an easy walk from Penn Station, you'll have no problem getting a table, and it's better than better-than-average!


                    I suspect you also could get a table in the library room at The NoMad or at The Breslin at that hour. All are good choices.

                    1. re: Blumie

                      I think Keens is too upscale for these guys. They are looking for beer and wings. Sucks for me.

                      1. re: princeofpork3

                        Maybe you want to check out Stout, personally I don't care for the place because service at the tables sucks but maybe hanging in the bar area would be different. A place we like MUCH more is Gingerman, about a 10-12 min walk from Penn. Beer selection is incredible, very friendly lively place.

                        1. re: Spiritchaser

                          Like the vibe at Gingerman and Galloway as well. Food is not good at Gingerman.

                      2. re: Blumie

                        I agree that 5pm is early enough to try nomad or breslin, best options IMO

                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          Although if the OP thinks that Keens is too upscale, the NoMad certainly is, and the Breslin might be.

                    2. We used to like Mustang Harrys across the street, but haven't been for a few years.