I'll preface by saying that what I'm looking for might be impossible.
I'm trying to get together with a group of 8-10 people on a Saturday night. Somewhere with good food and drinks that won't be absolutely mobbed. We're slightly flexible with time - we could meet as early as 7 or as late as 9:30 or so, if that would make a difference,
We don't necessarily need or want a sit-down dinner - I don't think I can get everyone there at the same time - just somewhere we can congregate for appetizers and drinks. It can be a bar with good food, or a restaurant with a large bar area.
The location is flexible - the people I'm meeting live in Astoria, UES, UWS, Gramercy, and Tribeca/West Village... so nowhere is going to be convenient for everyone.
Any ideas for where this can be accomplished without a whole lot of stress?