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Feb 26, 2014 07:21 AM

40 Something overweight couple looking for nice lounge or quiet place to have drinks and some food after a show...

Okay sure... we probably look like midwestern tourists but that doesn't mean we want to be treated like it! Prefer a place that isn't going to look down their noses at us just because we don't look like locals.

We will probably be staying near Times Square (I know... yuck) because we are huge theater fans and it's just so easy to stay near the theaters when you've got a show scheduled every night. However, location isn't terribly important as long as it's in Manhattan. Don't mind taking subway or taxi.

Looking for a place that is relaxed, casual, not pretentious, laid back, and quiet enough to be able to have a decent conversation. Would love to be able to linger over good drinks and good food. We like mixed drinks not wine or beer.

Any suggestions?

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  1. Yes. I have a suggestion. Disregard any snotty place that would treat you as anything less than a full paying customer. The nerve. You shouldn't give places like that the buisness. I recommend you go to Babbo or Per Se. If they give you attitude, just stand up and start screaming and demand your money back. But don't worry. It will be fine.

    1. I realize this restaurant is not in the theater district. However, if you find yourself in the West Village, check out Louro. The food and drinks are great, the staff is lovely, and the vibe is very relaxed. It can get loud when it's crowded.

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      1. re: foodiemom10583

        Louro is no place for anyone who wishes to carry on a civilized conversation. It is atrociously loud. If you would like to talk to your table mate(s) wilthout being forced to yell, it's not for you.

        1. re: bcc

          I specifically mentioned that it gets loud when it's crowded. I was there a week ago and the volume of adjacent conversations did grow throughout the evening, but it was very conducive to conversation when it was about half-full.

          1. re: foodiemom10583

            I absolutely endorse Louro for great cocktails, an ability to hold a conversation before it gets too crowded and (from personal experience) friendliness to people who might be a little older and carrying an extra pound or dozen and who otherwise don't "look like" the stereotypical cocktail crowd.

            GretchN, go to this place during happy hour, from 5:30 to 7:30 on a weekday. The place is quiet (almost too quiet at 5:30!), the outstanding and original cocktails are reduced to $8 and they bring out a free sample or two of their small plate dishes. Which, as soon as you try them, you'll probably want to order some because the food here is also very original and delicious. In addition to all that, the staff will treat you like you own the place. Probably better -- they probably razz Santos at every opportunity. :-)

            1. re: nokitchen

              Your review above is exactly why I suggested it. :)

              No one of any size/age/cultural affiliation would be made to feel awkward of out-of-place. The atmosphere during the early evening hours is so convivial that you may feel as if you are in your own private club. The drinks and food are great. The chef/owner is genuinely invested in making sure his patrons are happy.

              Sure, it gets loud later in the evening (thanks to the shape of the rooms), but by then, you may very well be in a food coma and happy to sit back, relax, and eavesdrop. We were privy to a remarkably intense conversation regarding repurposed burlap.

              1. re: foodiemom10583

                Yep, just backing you up.

                Also, GretchN, while you're in the area if it's early enough there might be another couple of places to try. Right across the street is Bell, Book and Candle. Also discount craft cocktails, dollar oysters during happy hour and a friendly staff. On the downside, the stools can get a little uncomfortable after a while if one is putting a little extra weight on them like I am and it gets louder earlier. At the end of the block and up Greenwich Ave a block or two is Yerba Buena. Same description as Bell Book and Candle, but I like their cocktails better -- I think they have the best in the city. Finally, there's Empellon, which is a block in the other direction, across 7th Ave. Their food is outstanding, their cocktails first rate and their staff friendly. No happy hour so it gets a little spendy and it starts getting loud and crowded on the earlier side.

                1. re: nokitchen

                  NB: Bell Book and candle has a wonderful french onion soup!

                2. re: foodiemom10583

                  I first read size/age/cultural affliction

                  1. re: porker

                    Lol! That may be true in some cases.

                  2. re: foodiemom10583

                    All right, I give up. We were only there once, probably around 9 on a Friday night, so I have no idea what it's like in the afternoon. The food was pretty good, I think, but the noise was horrible. There is a small loudspeaker mounted above every table, and I had the impression that white noise was being pumped in to maintain the "mood." No conversations could be heard, not about burlap or anything else.

          2. Lanterns Keep has great cocktails and the service has always been gracious to us. Make a reservation. Closed Sundays.

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            1. re: kathryn

              +1 for Lantern's Keep. Went there for the first time in November before a show (thanks to kathryn & others) and just loved it. Totally laid back and very friendly (not to mention talented) bartender. It will be added to our regular rotation pre- and/or post-show. Awesome cocktails.

              1. re: kathryn

                +1 exactly what the OP is looking for

                1. re: Ttrockwood

                  We're visiting NYC (from rural NJ) this weekend and I was wondering if there were any quiet places too! Although my husband prefers good beer or scotch. We're also staying in the Times Square area but doing stuff all over. Possibly going to Brooklyn Brewery one day. Got any suggestions for us?

                  1. re: littlecmad

                    Check out The Shakespeare on 39th St. for quiet in a very woody nice space. They have a pretty good, mainly British beer selection with things you don't see everywhere and two on cask when I was there (a varient of Brooklyn Pennant Ale and Old Speckled Hen) I didn't take particular notice of the Scotch, but there were a lot of whiskey bottles up there.I had fish and chips which were very good, but I'm pretty sure it was more than $20 which some may think poor value.

                    1. re: littlecmad

                      If your are in TS and like scotch, check out St Andrews on 46th St. Pretty good selection and better food than most bars.

                      1. re: littlecmad

                        Keen's Steakhouse is well known for their scotch collection and even offers scotch tasting flights- they have a good sized bar area.

                        1. re: Ttrockwood

                          Love Keens but don't remember the bar area being that quiet.

                          1. re: kathryn

                            Late in the afternoon on Saturdays I've found it to be calm. Great old NY atmosphere.

                            1. re: Bob Martinez

                              Yeah I was thinking around dinner it can get pretty crowded with people waiting for a table.

                              1. re: kathryn

                                That's one of the nice things about being a tourist. You're in control of your schedule.

                  2. You will be treated like tourists if you go to touristy restaurants. =)
                    so listen to people like Kathryn for awsome advices.
                    Thanks for the laugh anyway.

                    1. Union Square Cafe would be a good choice, noise level is moderate, service is friendly, atmosphere is completely unpretentious.