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Manhattan restaurants with great bar areas

hmichelr Apr 14, 2014 08:59 AM

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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    thegforceny RE: hmichelr Apr 14, 2014 09:45 AM

    Terroir Tribeca

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

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      hmichelr RE: thegforceny Apr 14, 2014 09:57 AM

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

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        Ttrockwood RE: hmichelr Apr 14, 2014 04:52 PM

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

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      JeremyEG RE: hmichelr Apr 14, 2014 10:38 AM

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

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        mrnyc RE: JeremyEG Apr 18, 2014 07:03 AM

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

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        monab RE: hmichelr Apr 14, 2014 04:04 PM


        1. Ttrockwood RE: hmichelr Apr 14, 2014 05:00 PM

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

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            UES Mayor RE: hmichelr Apr 15, 2014 03:52 AM

            Essex Restaurant

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              carlylecat RE: hmichelr Apr 15, 2014 06:40 AM

              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. sgordon RE: hmichelr Apr 15, 2014 10:04 AM

                +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.

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                  foodwhisperer RE: hmichelr Apr 17, 2014 03:45 PM

                  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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                    Ttrockwood RE: foodwhisperer Apr 17, 2014 04:24 PM

                    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.

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                      JeremyEG RE: foodwhisperer Apr 19, 2014 06:57 PM

                      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.

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                        sgordon RE: JeremyEG Apr 20, 2014 08:19 AM

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

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                          Ttrockwood RE: JeremyEG Apr 20, 2014 02:11 PM

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

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