I'm looking for an Upper West Side or Hell's Kitchen bar for a 40th Birthday party. I dont have any $$ to officially reserve a private room. I'm just looking for a cool place, not too loud :-) where 40+ friends can meet, drink, come and go as they please, maybe order off the menu. Looking for a place where if we started on a Saturday night starting at about 8pm we'd be early enough to take over a back room or a big section of the place.
Most of the places that I've found with private areas need you to reserve it in advance and guarantee a minimum spent, usually $1000. I can't guarantee that all 40+ people will be there at the same time...