Looking for a venue for a birthday party or an important celebration with friends? The online dining magazine, Eater New York, has put together 17 NYC Bars Perfect for Throwing a Casual Party. The list includes places to have a meaningful time with friends, without spending a lot. They also match the festive vibes with music, flowing booze, and small bites.
1. Harlem Tavern
Locals pack Harlem Tavern’s huge front patio as well as its indoor sports-centric bar showing games on TVs. Superior cafe fare includes a flavor- and calorie-loaded burger topped with crispy onions, cheddar, mozzarella, bacon, avocado, and truffle aioli. Groups can freely and easily grab outdoor tables, plus the restaurant has extensive more formal options for up to 400.
2. Boat Basin Cafe
This open-air cafe within the 79th Street Boat Basin brings New York history, a view of the Hudson River, and dramatically arched ceilings. Food and drinks are unexceptional but satisfying, particularly on a pleasantly thirst-quenching day. Reservations aren’t accepted, but the large circular area with a bar works well for parties. Just be prepared to stand.
3. The Jeffrey Craft Beer & Bites
The Upper East Side could use more joints like the Jeffrey, an all-day craft beer and coffee bar under the Queensboro Bridge from the same team behind Fools Gold NYC in the Lower East Side. Friendly regulars come in for the geeky rotating list of 30 tap beers, but wines, cocktails, and food varying from raw oysters to sandwiches shouldn’t be overlooked. There are no reservations, making it relatively easy to find room and seating for even a large group in the space combining two storefronts and a back patio.