I'm getting married on a Saturday in April in Madison, NJ. We're staying in Livingston at the Westminster Hotel (Rte 10 near Eisenhower Parkway). We're looking for a place for the night before (no rehearsal dinner) to meet up with any guests coming into town a day early - we don't want to rent out a place or arrange a whole event, we just want a place where we can hang out and friends can come and go during the evening. We're hosting people the following night at the bar at the Westminster, so that's out for Friday night.
We want a bar with good food that would be flexible having up to 40 people coming and going throughout the night, mostly for drinks and appetizers. The only places we've found near there that are big enough are bad chain restaurants like Applebee's and Chilis on Rte 10. We'd prefer something like the Meeting Place in Madison (now called 54 Main?) that's half bar/half food, but we want to stay as close to the hotel as we can.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!