Here's the deal -- we have a few old college friends coming in from out of town, and we want to find a cool bar with a lounge like atmosphere where we can get some good drinks, have a good conversation, sit down. Cool/New York atmosphere is essential, but so is lack of attitude (no bouncers not letting us in, etc.) Downtown Manhattan (GV, EV, Soho) is the ideal. We're willing to go a little early for some seats and some quiet. Any suggestions?