I'm having a book launching party for a group of 20-30 friends on a Friday from 7-9 and am in need of a cozy, (preferably warmly lit) bar where I can order plates of food, some bottles of wine, and actually hear people talk. It's an Italian vegetarian cookbook, so I suppose Italian would seem fitting, but to be honest, I don't care as long as the ambience, food, and drink are good. I tried to reserve the back room at Turks & Frogs in the village, but since it's a Friday night, I'd have to pay a $300 rental fee plus whatever the cost of food and drink.
Any suggestions would be VERY welcome! I'm looking at primarily the west village, but could expand further out to nolita, soho, wherever!
THANK YOU in advance!