Going to visit with a group of friends from college soon. We don't get together often, but we manage to have a good time when we do. The organizer has picked the Merchant as the place to meet. It is centrally located for everyone and seems like it can handle a group of 40-somethings who can still get a little loud and boisterous.
I've seen the menu online, and some negative CH comments, and I'm a little concerned about the food. I get a "trying to be an upscale TGI Fridays" vibe. If you've been there recently, what's your take? I'd appreciate either good menu suggestions or a recommendation of some other place within walking distance (we'll be drinking at the Merchant's bar until everyone shows up).
Thanks in advance.