While our kids are at their graduation party, we 20 or so adults would like to have dinner and drinks in the vicinity of East 23rd preferably around 1, 2, 3rd avenues up or down from 23rd by 4 blocks. We have 2 hours and have to be back to pick up our kids near the Water Club the FDR. The Water club is too formal for this evening. We also do not want to be somewhere that we all have to shout at each other to talk. I am not that familiar with the area anymore except for Craft Bar, which again, the peeps think is too formal for the evening. But, I don't want a rowdy pub either.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.