I've got a group of 8-10 people that will be converging in that area on a Wednesday in July. The key criteria are:
1. not too noisy
2. moderately priced
3. able to handle a nebulous group (I'm not sure of the exact number, and people in this crew are apt to wander in late)
4. good beer
We are fairly agnostic on location, within the parameters given in the post title. For me, closer to Penn Station is better, but I know that the area is something of a wasteland. I am thinking that west or south would be more fruitful, and would love suggestions.