I have these city friends that never go anywhere but Boca Chica in Nolita for dinner. I've finally convinced them to come to the Slope. There will be about 6 or 7 of us and I need a place that meets their criteria and mine.
Mine: 5th Ave or above. Interesting food that won't bore me.
Theirs: relatively cheap, tolerant of a noisey big group, free flowing drinks like sangria or margaritas.
So here's what I've got so far, but I could use recommendations:
Convivium (that might be a stretch)