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snacks and drinks for a group on a Saturday night?

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nyc_to_ma Nov 22, 2013 09:04 AM

I'll preface by saying that what I'm looking for might be impossible.

I'm trying to get together with a group of 8-10 people on a Saturday night. Somewhere with good food and drinks that won't be absolutely mobbed. We're slightly flexible with time - we could meet as early as 7 or as late as 9:30 or so, if that would make a difference,

We don't necessarily need or want a sit-down dinner - I don't think I can get everyone there at the same time - just somewhere we can congregate for appetizers and drinks. It can be a bar with good food, or a restaurant with a large bar area.

The location is flexible - the people I'm meeting live in Astoria, UES, UWS, Gramercy, and Tribeca/West Village... so nowhere is going to be convenient for everyone.

Any ideas for where this can be accomplished without a whole lot of stress?

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    Pookipichu RE: nyc_to_ma Nov 22, 2013 09:18 AM

    Ilili? Great food, very shareable and you can eat by the bar, if you stakeout some space early on in the lounge area then you'll have an area for your friends to come and go.

    1. Spiritchaser RE: nyc_to_ma Nov 22, 2013 09:25 AM

      The bar area at SD26 might work for you.

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        downtownchica RE: nyc_to_ma Nov 22, 2013 09:31 AM

        Maybe Terroir Tribeca? It's bigger than their other locations.

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          RussianGirl RE: nyc_to_ma Nov 22, 2013 01:44 PM

          Try Pierre Loti. I did this recently with about 6 people at the Chelsea location and it was great. We made a reservation and sat at a table, which may work for you (if there's a table/space in the back). There's also a location on Irving Place, which, if I recall correctly, is somewhat more loungy (with couches), so that might work also.

          Ilili is also a good idea - I've done the same thing there.

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            Ttrockwood RE: RussianGirl Nov 23, 2013 01:53 PM

            +1 for Ilili

            The pierre lotti at gramercy has some amazing wines by the glass but their apps and food options were not interesting or delicious IMO.

          2. Monica RE: nyc_to_ma Nov 22, 2013 01:52 PM

            I always like the bar area in Otto where you can stand and be merry...=)

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