Okay, this is going to be harder than I thought!
Terroir actually sounded perfect but it looks like they don't open until 4pm on Saturday. I would have loved to go to Birreira, but I don't think that will work, what with the "late joiners" rule.
kathryn, I've been to Otto for dinner before, but I don't quite remember the bar. What's it like? Is there an outdoor area?
I'm coming back to NYC for my first trip back since moving away last year, and I would love some suggestions for a place where several of my friends and I can meet up for a drink and small plates/appetizers. Since I've left the city, my mind is blanking on options. I'm open to pretty much any neighborhood, I'm just looking for a place where people can easily drop in and have a drink or two that can accomodate maybe 8 of us. Outdoor space is a plus. Thanks!