Le Grainne Cafe sounds like a crowd choice here.
So I called them to make a reservation. (Just now. Almost 11.50pm NYC time on a Friday night.)
The woman who answered tells me that they don't make reservations. No exceptions. She was very helpful and polite about it, though.
BUT, she tells me that a crowd of 15 to 18 people at 6.15pm on a Monday night in October shouldn't be a problem. We might have to wait a few minutes as they put together some tables but she has no reason to think that there might be a problem.
I suppose that we should have a little backup plan just in case but I am tempted to say let's do it. If need be I can skip the service of Evening Prayer (hey, the sacrifices I'll make, eh?) and camp out there to grab us a table.
What do you think? Go take a look at the site. Their menu is up and it looks good to me. (the wine list is only so-so, but you can't get everything and that night I won't be worrying about the wine list because I'll be too excited at meeting all of you.)
As of right now I'm thinking we are going to have 15 to 18 of us. We will gather in the room at General Theological that QueerforChrist and his partner Gabe have secured (thanks guys!) at around 4pm. I'll bring a bottle or two of sherry and anyone else can bring a bottle or snacks. Then we will go to Evensong at the campus chapel at 5.30. I am told it should end at 6pm. The restaurant is across the street.
Does this sound o.k. to everyone?