We have a meetup set for April 25.
The good news is it is a Friday evening, when hopefully many of you will be able to drop by.
The bad news is it is a Friday evening, which is prime time in restaurants and bars.
At the last gathering, which we did on a cold Tuesday night in January, everything in the end worked out fine, even though the setup was in some ways less than ideal (everyone had to sit at a table but Lambert and I table hopped). But the 40 or so of us were able to take over a largely-empty upstairs room at a bar, so everyone was in close proximity.
Unless one of you can arrange for us to have a private room (someone at the last meetup offered to do that, but I’ve contacted the person that I thought made this kind offer and have yet to get a reply), we might have trouble with having everyone be reasonably comfortable and able to mix.
If we can’t get a room where we can bring in some wine, beer, and munchies, the next best option might be to find a place on the Lower East Side, where before 8 PM is the geriatric hour. If we start at 5:00 or 5:30 PM at a roomy enough venue, we might be OK. The big drawback of the Lower East Side is it is much less well served by served by public transportation than other areas of Manhattan.
Please provide suggestions in comments. One ground rule is you folks need to agree or at least narrow down options among you!
Look forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks!