any ideas? i'm planning to meet up with a couple of old buddies later this week. i'd like to go someplace downtown that's comfortable for a small group of guys to chill out and have some beers/sake as well as some solid grub (any cuisine).
ideally the place would be located downtown (union square, east village, west village, nolita, soho, LES, etc) and have a pub-like atmosphere, something along the lines of old town bar or typhoon on st. marks. also, don't want a place that's too crazy or loud - doesn't have to be a morgue in there, but i want to be able to actually talk with my friends and hear what they're saying.
so that rules out a place like corner bistro, for example. looking for a place like that (good food + reasonably priced alcohol), but not so dang crazy and loud. i'd have picked croxley ales but i'm afraid i won't be able to hear/converse with my friends.
btw, it doesn't have to be a burger + beer place. i was thinking of the japanese izakaya eating + drinking places on st. marks, but all the ones i can think of (kenka, yakitori taisho, etc) are really loud and crazy.
really, i'm open to any cuisine so long as it has a comfortable, casual pub-like atmosphere. and not insanely expensive; just something that's casual, solid, and not excessively loud.
any thoughts about jimmy's on e. 7th street, btw?