Anyone in NYC interested in a meetup this friday or saturday? October 3, 2004 8:15 PM   Subscribe

Anyone in NYC interested in a meetup this friday or saturday?
posted by Stynxno to MetaFilter Gatherings at 8:15 PM (79 comments total)

It's possible. I think this is a clear weekend.

Or maybe I'll just sleep.
posted by Karmakaze at 8:29 AM on October 4, 2004

sure, but make it in manhattan. : >
posted by amberglow at 9:38 AM on October 4, 2004

Saturday might work for me, depending on how late I'm out at the Puffy concert on Friday. And yea, Manhattan > Queens/Brooklyn, at least in terms of convenience for me ;)
posted by cyrusdogstar at 9:44 AM on October 4, 2004

Sure, taunt us failed london meetup-goers. See if I care ;)
posted by louigi at 9:58 AM on October 4, 2004

Sure-- I had a great time at the last one I was able to make!
posted by limitedpie at 10:13 AM on October 4, 2004

Yep, I'm in.
posted by bshort at 10:26 AM on October 4, 2004

Wherever bshort goes, so go I :)
posted by hsoltz at 10:35 AM on October 4, 2004

How about next week during CMJ?
posted by anathema at 11:02 AM on October 4, 2004

Only if we get to have either belgian frites or deep fried mars bars. :-p
posted by riffola at 11:09 AM on October 4, 2004

I'd like to come, but I'm leaving town 13 Oct., so before then would be best.
posted by dame at 11:19 AM on October 4, 2004

I suppose I'll put in an appearance, even though I'm hating my new haircut today.
posted by jonmc at 11:33 AM on October 4, 2004

I can't--Ratdog at the Beacon Friday & Saturday.
posted by muckster at 11:37 AM on October 4, 2004

I'm in.
posted by adampsyche at 12:34 PM on October 4, 2004

Due to a misunderstanding on #mefi I would like to clarify a previous statement: I am NOT attending a Sean "Puffy" Combs concert this weekend. Puffy is a J-Pop group composed of two cute Japanese girls.

Yes, I know. J-Pop. It's still better than freakin' Puff Diddly and you know it.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 1:03 PM on October 4, 2004

Oh, and don't worry, Jon, my haircut sucks too :(
posted by cyrusdogstar at 1:10 PM on October 4, 2004

cyrus, a co-worker just told me it makes me look like Morissey. I'll be out back beating the shit out of myself.
posted by jonmc at 1:18 PM on October 4, 2004

Maybe I'll attend.
posted by Smart Dalek at 1:21 PM on October 4, 2004

I vaguely might possibly join...
posted by naxosaxur at 2:14 PM on October 4, 2004

T-E-E-N     T-I-T-A-N-S Teen Titans Let's Go!

That's the only Puffy Ami Yumi tune I know.
posted by riffola at 2:40 PM on October 4, 2004

I'd go, but the possibility of a dogged assault on the inner fastness of the White Mountains - blister scarred feet dancing a jig in pelting rain, atop barren windswept ridges, to dodge lightning strikes - may lure me away from y'all's estimable company.

Another time soon ;/
posted by troutfishing at 3:33 PM on October 4, 2004

I'd go, but the commute (and the fact that I have to work) prohibits my attending this prestigious event.
posted by kamylyon at 3:54 PM on October 4, 2004

new people more than welcome, btw.

so, where? when? how?
posted by amberglow at 4:20 PM on October 4, 2004

So saturday night then? like 8 oclock (or maybe earlier)?

um and i have no idea where. but manhattan would be nice. mmm. deep.fried.mars.bars.
posted by Stynxno at 6:18 PM on October 4, 2004

I thought we agreed the next one would be at a certain horrible Times Square tourist trap?
posted by falconred at 6:51 PM on October 4, 2004

I'm game (for a bit anyway) - I wasn't able to make the last one due to work. 8 sounds good, a bar with bar food so those who want to eat can eat and those who want to drink can drink, sounds even better.
posted by plemeljr at 7:15 PM on October 4, 2004

I've already put my vote in for Saturday...I'd say start at, say, 6 or 7 myself. But I'm easy. =)

On preview: yea, a place with food would be good. I like food. Mmm.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 7:24 PM on October 4, 2004

oh yeah! mars2112? should we?
posted by amberglow at 7:28 PM on October 4, 2004

I cast my vote for The Distinguished Wakamba Lounge.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:53 PM on October 4, 2004

Oops. Wrong link.
posted by Smart Dalek at 7:55 PM on October 4, 2004

really, mars 2112? looks like the star trek hilton.
posted by Stynxno at 9:02 PM on October 4, 2004

Noo!!! I was forced to go to Mars 2112 for my birthday in 2003, I hated it!!!
posted by riffola at 9:27 PM on October 4, 2004

Maybe Single Room Occupancy?
posted by Smart Dalek at 5:52 AM on October 5, 2004

SRO on a saturday is touch-and-go. A lot of times, they straight up close or have private parties. Plus there is no food. And they don't take credit cards. And they only have beer/wine.
posted by jeb at 7:20 AM on October 5, 2004

The Hog Pit?
posted by liam at 7:38 AM on October 5, 2004

Mars 2112 is exactly like the Star Trek Hilton. It's a great place for a meetup. We can all slack out in the lounge, drink weird-colored drinks, play video games and try to get the waitstaff to break character!

Also, it's got a little space (pun unintended), which might come in useful if everyone who says they're coming shows up.

I went to a 30th birthday party there once, and it was fucking excellent.

Also, it's very central.
posted by chicobangs at 8:15 AM on October 5, 2004

How about Whiskey Ward? Or The Magician?
posted by jonmc at 8:20 AM on October 5, 2004

There are a crapload of bars and restaurants on 9th between 45th and 55th, which is only a few avenues over from time square, and might be more viable on a saturday night: Mercury, Otis, Vintage, Therapy, Social, etc...
posted by naxosaxur at 8:47 AM on October 5, 2004

oops, here are some listings. All three places are like a 20/30ish crowd, not too grungy, mid-range prices on drinks and food: Mercury, Social, Otis. But these are not like mars2112. If we are going in that direction, how about the WWF restaurant in times square?! Bar code? heh.
posted by naxosaxur at 9:14 AM on October 5, 2004

What naxosaxur said: Mercury or Joshua Tree have good food.

And I'm not just saying that because I live on the corner of 9th Avenue and 47th and having it down the street might actually get me to come to one of these things.

Vintage, on 10th Ave and 50th might be good, too. They have a nice patio in back.

Although 2112 (do they play "Temple of Syrinx" all the time there?) sounds fun and a gathering like this would be the only possible reason I'd have for going there.
posted by papercake at 9:16 AM on October 5, 2004

The WWF (okay, WWE) restaurant is closed.

I'm serious about 2112. Nachos-and-$7-beer joints are a dime a dozen, especially in midtown/Hell's Kitchen. But this is a place that is both a world of fun, more than fine for our purposes, and somewhere you'll only ever have to visit once.

Come on, you spoilsports. Say yes to something for once.
posted by chicobangs at 10:24 AM on October 5, 2004

The Magician is a surprisingly roomy bar with reasonably priced drinks and an excellent jukebox. And there's plenty of cheap food nearby if anybody gets hungry.
posted by jonmc at 10:30 AM on October 5, 2004

Mars 2112 looks amusing, but its web page needs to be smacked.
posted by Karmakaze at 10:44 AM on October 5, 2004

Here's a vote for any bar that has a lot of space-related crap in it.
posted by adampsyche at 11:07 AM on October 5, 2004

OK, I'm in, too, especially since it's my turn to buy Amberglow a G&T.
posted by lilboo at 11:22 AM on October 5, 2004

okay, i'll vote for mars 2112 and then, if it really is bad, the mefi carvan can move elsewhere.

and is everyone happy for 8 would 7 be better?
posted by Stynxno at 11:54 AM on October 5, 2004

If ParisParamus promised to appear, would that increase, or decrease attendance? And how much body armor would I need?
posted by ParisParamus at 2:39 PM on October 5, 2004

Are you speaking on ParisParamus' behalf?

I, for one, would welcome our starboard-leaning compatriot.

If I may quote The Bard...

Well okay, Dorothy Parker, then: if you have nothing nice to say, you can sit next to me.
posted by chicobangs at 2:48 PM on October 5, 2004

I, for one, would welcome our starboard-leaning compatriot.

I second that.
posted by Stynxno at 2:56 PM on October 5, 2004

I hate your freedom, but come anyway, PP! :)

Why not start at around 6?
posted by adampsyche at 2:58 PM on October 5, 2004

okay okay, six then.

do we need to reserve a table or anything?
posted by Stynxno at 3:03 PM on October 5, 2004

You guys are too young for me. I'll have nothing to say to you. I did this a few years ago, and it was just...very awkward...
posted by ParisParamus at 3:04 PM on October 5, 2004

You sure about that?

jonmc is one hundred and thirteen years old. I've seen his birth certificate. I myself am in my mid-nineties. Amberglow is twelve, but he drinks gin like a jazz-era mobster. Lilboo is the hottest septuagenarian since Mary Tyler Moore. And adamsyche and Vidiot... well, I know the guy who painted their Dorain Gray portraits. He does fantastic work.

Seriously. Come on out. We're not the same cherubs who turned you off so once upon a time. I suspect you'd be surprised at the common ground we'll find in person.
posted by chicobangs at 3:25 PM on October 5, 2004

posted by ParisParamus at 3:29 PM on October 5, 2004

6pm at 2112 would be great--that way, I could stop by for an intergalactic gargle blaster on the way to the show.
posted by muckster at 3:47 PM on October 5, 2004

c'mon, paris--i'll have a subpoenabig kiss just for you.

so, 6ish at 2112, then maybe elsewhere? (riff: there's a Bfrites right near there, too)
posted by amberglow at 3:52 PM on October 5, 2004

How 'bout jonmc's suggestion afterward? Visiting the Magician after going to Mars would be in keeping with the whole sci-fi/fantasy theme. (Personally, I'm more interested in that jukebox...)
posted by Smart Dalek at 6:45 PM on October 5, 2004

amberglow, did that B'Frites reopen? Last I and my SO knew it was still closed; admittedly we haven't sought it out in some time, especially since she no longer works in Midtown.

On topic: 6ish at 2112 and then possibly elsewhere is fine by me.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 8:15 PM on October 5, 2004

oh, i didn't know it had

Magician is way downtown and far from 2112--maybe Rudy's or Siberia or somewhere else on 9th ave afterwards?
posted by amberglow at 9:24 PM on October 5, 2004

I think 2112 is an good choice.

And how much body armor would I need?

I would, as a human being, be willing to shake hands with ParisParamus.
posted by milovoo at 10:25 PM on October 5, 2004

I'm not going unless PP does. And I mean that in the nicest way possible.
posted by adampsyche at 9:42 AM on October 6, 2004

Rudy's is great for all the opposite reasons 2112 is good. (If you've never been, Rudy's is basically a honky tonk dive with free weiners and a truly eclectic jukebox -- Motorhead, Joni Mitchell, Ornette Coleman, J. Geils, etc.)

It's as good an after-anything place as there is, especially in that neighborhood.
posted by chicobangs at 9:45 AM on October 6, 2004

Chicobangs, that was Alice Roosevelt Longworth, daughter of Theodore, who once said "I can run the country or control Alice, but I cannot do both." (Or something to that effect.)

Anyway, sure come PP, but I'm gonna smoke & listen to my headphones on the subway all the way there so you may not be happy.
posted by dame at 1:19 PM on October 6, 2004

dame, what have we told you about smoking on the subway?

I may be able to swing by - I am a little frightened by the existence of this bar, but it's actually more on-my-way-home than the usual suggestions, plus I imagine it's impossible to miss, which is a bonus since I always forget to take down good directions...

anyone know how expensive / how bad the food is? I could not take much more of the website and failed to find out in my initial exploration.
posted by mdn at 9:19 PM on October 6, 2004

I worked a block away from Mars 2112 for 4 years, and never knew a colleague to have gone there. But usually when I passed the restaurant, there were huge groups of school kids waiting for dinner...totally on a field trip. It seems like an upscale chuck e. cheese. Based on that alone, I'm guessing the food is quite unspectacular. As for pricey, i'm sure it's average for Times Square prices (overpriced).

Also, it's on b'way and 51st, and across the street from Ellen's Stardust Diner and the Mamma Mia the base of the uptown 1&9 50th street train station. The restaurant itself is "underground", and you have to walk subconcourse to get to the entrance. Sometimes there's a guy in an alien costume out front scaring little kids...
posted by naxosaxur at 8:16 AM on October 7, 2004

naxosaxur, you've pretty much got it pegged. Acceptable food at acceptable prices, and the drinks aren't overpriced for midtown. We'd be going for atmosphere.

There's an (optional) "space ride" entrance to the bar area which is kind of funny, although of course you can bypass it if you just wanna get in and get your drink on.

Seriously, aside from the fact that the service staff dress like aliens and the mood lighting is Star-Wars-meets-Naked-Lunch, it's your standard lounge with a kitchen.
posted by chicobangs at 9:04 AM on October 7, 2004

Are there moustache rides?
posted by adampsyche at 9:28 AM on October 7, 2004

there are always the free hotdogs at Rudy's if people don't want to eat there

adam: only if you really want one ; >
posted by amberglow at 1:17 PM on October 7, 2004

vynl diner on 9th and 56th-ish has cheap, yet very edible food. I think you guys would like it...
posted by naxosaxur at 1:40 PM on October 7, 2004

adampsyche, I'm sure if you asked the aliens at mars2112 politely enough,
they'd be willing to subject you to the probe.
posted by Smart Dalek at 2:38 PM on October 7, 2004

Do not believe chicobangs. You cannot bypass the space ride. I repeat: you must get on the space ride. Come on--how else are you going to get to Mars?
posted by muckster at 4:47 PM on October 7, 2004

Mars is cool. Easier to get to than Queens.

I've heard.
posted by attackthetaxi at 3:31 AM on October 8, 2004

you bastards. someone please toast to ParisP's imminent sabbatical for me?
posted by casarkos at 11:13 AM on October 8, 2004

if I feel good and daring, I may take the 2/3 to Times Square and stop by. But you're all going to be disappointed at how mild-mannered and sweet I am--you'll prefer the mythology.
posted by ParisParamus at 12:47 PM on October 8, 2004

So... 6pm at Mars 2112?
posted by Karmakaze at 5:21 PM on October 8, 2004

Sounds like.

I just realized I still won't recognize many people, so if anyone from the last #mefi meetup (DBA, maybe a month ago) remembers the short guy who brought his girlfriend, and you see him wandering aimlessly on Mars, wave your arms or something :P

Or maybe I'll show up early with a big "VIBRATING PANCAKES HERE" sign or something.
posted by cyrusdogstar at 9:43 PM on October 8, 2004

6ish at Mars.

Cyrus, look for me or riff.
posted by amberglow at 10:06 PM on October 8, 2004

Will do, Amber, thanks =)
posted by cyrusdogstar at 8:21 AM on October 9, 2004

I can't make it tonight because of the super typhoon "Ma-on" that hit Japan yesterday, the F1 schedule for the weekend changed as a result, and I gotta be around for the qualifying session earlier tonight, followed by the race later tonight.

Hope you guys enjoy! Someone please pretend it's your birthday so the crew at 2112 sing you a Happy Birthday song in their martian language.
posted by riffola at 1:50 PM on October 9, 2004

I posted the link in the newer thread, but here are photos.

I have forgotten a few names so if you would be so kind as to remind me on the ones that are blank, I would appreciate it.
posted by milovoo at 7:23 PM on October 10, 2004

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