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Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

Hi - want to have a few friends meet for drinks and snacks at 4-5pm on a Saturday. Looking for a restaurant with a nice sized bar area. Don't want to do just a bar but want something that will be comfortable with some standing room and that won't be too busy until 6ish. Downtown area?

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  1. Terroir Tribeca

    How many people
    what sort of vibe?
    Dive? Upscale?

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    1. re: thegforceny

      casual but nice - like terroir... thanks. if you have any other ideas, much appreciated.

      1. re: hmichelr

        I love terroir, and the tribeca location is a good space- their snacks are also very good.

    2. I love going to Otto at odd hours. Great wine and amazing antipasti if you need to nosh.

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      1. re: JeremyEG

        im not the biggest otto fan, but i will definately second that just because its so excellent for dropping in at odd hours.

        1. Boqueria in soho or flatiron
          Bar veloce (wine)
          +1 for Otto

            1. Triomphe in The Iroquois Hotel on 44th street has a great bar area with big tables you can sit at and have a nice drink and some nibbles

              1. +1 for Terroir Tribeca.

                Also right nearby is The Brandy Library - great drinks, you can reserve the couches in the lounge area (party size limit is 6 on the weekends, though) and there's decent snacky food - great place to rendezvous before or after dinner. Fancier vibe than Terroir, but not, like, "jacket required" fancy - more of a comfortable upscale lounge.

                1. I agree with all those listed. Although Terroir is for wine, not for cocktails. Since not sure of the age or type of bar OP wants, I'll recommend the bar at Kittichai restaurant in the Thompson Hotel. The bar at Blue Ribbon Izakaya , The bar at Tribeca Grill, Tribeca Grand Hotel, Soho Grand Hotel.
                  Buddakan has a nice big bar area, Bond Street's bar, En Brasserie, Smyth Hotel Bar in Tribeca ( i forget the restaurant's name).

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                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    I'll add the bar upstairs at the pool of the james hotel in soho, Jimmy, best when its warm enough to sit outside - cocktails are well made (but not cheap) and the bar snacks are pretty good, from the david burke restaurant there.

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      I go to the Terroir in Park Slope frequently and noticed that have started serving liquor. Is this case at the other branches as well? I usually have wine or sherry when I'm there anyway but I was just curious.

                      1. re: JeremyEG

                        They all (besides the Slope, until recently) have spirits.

                        1. re: JeremyEG

                          They also have a good selection of beers and hard ciders. And a glass of free sherry 5-7pm during happy hour