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Fancy Cocktails before Babbo

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RussianGirl Oct 23, 2013 08:55 AM

Hello, looking for a place to get a nice cocktail before dinner at Babbo. Saturday night in November, there will be 5 of us, dinner is at 9. Ideally a place where we can sit, talk, and have a quality drink or two.

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  1. Spiritchaser RE: RussianGirl Oct 23, 2013 09:04 AM

    How close do you need it to be to Babbo? The places that come to mind immediately could be crowded and may be further than you want but I'll throw these out there: Little Branch, Employees Only, and Pegu Club.

    I just realised you need this for 5 people so that's probably a deal breaker.

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      RussianGirl RE: Spiritchaser Oct 23, 2013 09:06 AM

      Yes, I thought about those places, but I'm afraid they won't work for 5 people. Doesn't have to be within a block or two - a 10-15 minute walk would be ok (any further would limit what shoes I can wear :)

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        Ttrockwood RE: RussianGirl Oct 23, 2013 04:02 PM

        Pegu club will take a reservation- no financial obligation- and before 9-10pm on a sat it will still be calm enough to have conversations

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          kathryn RE: Ttrockwood Oct 23, 2013 05:53 PM

          IIRC Pegu Club won't take a reservation for a party smaller than 8 people.

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      kathryn RE: RussianGirl Oct 23, 2013 09:10 AM

      Most fancy cocktail places will be very busy on a Saturday night so it might be a stretch to get a table/booth for a party of 5 around 8pm. I'd aim for a bit earlier, 6:30 pm or 7pm.

      Pegu and Little Branch are probably the best in the surrounding neighborhood, assuming you want specifically a cocktail lounge/bar.

      For Little Branch, they don't open until 7pm IIRC so if you get there a little beforehand and line up, you might be OK and get a booth (it's kind of small). Pegu Club opens much earlier, 5pm I think.

      Greenwich Project is REALLY close (around the corner), and doesn't really seem like it would get as crowded as the others in the area. What I tried, however, wasn't nearly as good as Little Branch or Pegu Club. But given your size constraints, might be the best option?

      Melibea and Wallflower are both new restaurants w/ serious cocktail programs and are a short walk away on Greenwich Ave. I haven't tried either yet. Since they're both new, you might get in easily since they're not on a lot of people's radars yet.

      http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/05...
      http://www.grubstreet.com/2013/10/dan...
      http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2013/04...

      All of these are about a 10 minute walk away except for Greenwich Project.

      I might start with Melibea or Wallflower (just to see how crowded their bar areas are), and use Greenwich Project as a backup.

      GP is also on OpenTable but they might assume you're there for dinner and not just drinks if you make a reservation. When we were there, we just walked in & sat at the bar.

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        RussianGirl RE: kathryn Oct 23, 2013 09:21 AM

        Great suggestions - thank you!

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          Spiritchaser RE: kathryn Oct 23, 2013 10:03 AM

          We are very anxious to try Wallflower, love the drinks he created at Daniel.

        2. Motosport RE: RussianGirl Oct 23, 2013 10:55 AM

          Middle Branch in Murray Hill is not too far and rarely crowded.

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            kathryn RE: Motosport Oct 23, 2013 10:57 AM

            Middle Branch to Babbo is 1.7 miles according to Google Maps.

          2. nokitchen RE: RussianGirl Oct 23, 2013 07:03 PM

            With a crowd that size on a Saturday at that time I'd recommend two wine bars. Eighth Street Wine Bar and Amalie are within steps of each other, close to Babbo and have full cocktail menus. You won't get the custom-crafted cocktails you'll get at Employees Only or Greenwich Street Project but you'll probably get seating for your whole party and good cocktails and outstanding wines by the glass.

            So basically, Eighth St. Send a scout to check out Greenwich St Project, Eighth St. Wine, Amalie, and Pour George (across the street from Eighth St., decent cocktails) and have everyone gather at the place with the most seats.

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              RussianGirl RE: nokitchen Oct 24, 2013 06:43 AM

              This sounds like a plan - thanks!

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