Gathering in NYC
posted November 20, 2017 8:55 AM   RSS | iCal | +googleCal

Sat December 9 at 2:00 PM, Lucky
168 Avenue B, New York, NY, USA (Map & Directions)
The wonderful starlybri was kind enough to organize a recent NYC meet up, and some of us got to talking about how they used to happen more frequently in the city. So overhauser has kindly secured a spot at Lucky's in the East Village for us to gather on Saturday, December 9. The time will be 2-6pm. There will be cheap drinks, and we'd like to do this pot luck style with food!
This is the same day as Santa Con, which is happening more in Midtown. It's two weeks past Thanksgiving and two weeks before Christmas and a few days before the beginning of Hanukkah. So hopefully we can gather without feeling harried by other holiday commitments.

I mentioned at the last meet up that I have lots (and lots) of really hot jalapeño jelly* from this summer's canning efforts. It goes very well with all kinds of things, so I'll bring a few jars of that, and a pot of rice (approximate size determined by expected crowd). There will be drinks at the bar, and of course, please post here what kind of snacks you might bring so we don't end up with 15 bowls of 7 layer dip (per overhauser's request...even though I really like 7 layer dip and would just want to be sure to have enough chips on hand, I can see how variety would be appreciated.)

I know there is often some back and forth about when and where, but this worked out because the bar is booked for several dates surrounding this, the holiday season is upon us, and I was willing to post the event if the details were already worked out. Anxiety, yo, I am here to be a good enough planner, and not a perfect planner. If you can make it, I'll be very happy. If you can't make it, then next time!

*I didn't take the seeds out. I don't generally eat spicy things.
posted by bilabial to Meetup (43 comments total)

I can't make that date. My fiancee's comprehensive exams are the day before and will be still be recovering. If you move the date,I can probably make it.
posted by Hactar at 4:15 AM on November 21, 2017

I would love to be there, as long as you guys don't mind having a relatively elderly lady showing up.
posted by holborne at 7:02 AM on November 21, 2017 [1 favorite]

Yay, it would be great to meet you, holborne! Thanks for coordinating, bilabial!
posted by ferret branca at 7:29 AM on November 21, 2017

Dang it. That's my partner's birthday, and we've got opera tickets! Enjoy, though!
posted by SansPoint at 7:59 AM on November 21, 2017

Sounds fun! I'm in. Thank you for organizing.
posted by LiliaNic at 1:23 PM on November 21, 2017

Dang, I have other things going on that day.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 2:30 PM on November 24, 2017

I missed the last one but I'm going to try for this one.
posted by enn at 8:27 AM on November 27, 2017

Let’s talk about food. Who is excited about jalapeño jelly? Who isn’t? (you won’t hirt my feelings, I just want to know how much to bring!) has jalapeño jelly inspired any recipe hunting?

Is anybody signing up to bring a dessert? Meat things? Vegan things?

Does anybody have any allergies we should know about?
posted by bilabial at 5:56 PM on November 28, 2017

Will the bar be a santa-free zone? My observation from past years is that they go all over the city and not just the places that agree to host them.
posted by brujita at 6:20 AM on November 29, 2017

I know that some bars out up signs that santas aren’t welcome. I have no idea if our location is amenable to Santa’s. Perhaps overhauser will investigate for us?
posted by bilabial at 6:38 AM on November 29, 2017

I'm at Lucky right now. The owner, Abbey, says no santas, because she was interviewed on television and talked about how bro-frat-terrible it's become and now the Santa con people hate her and the bar. And she won't let them in. She has a circle/slash no Santa sign. Which has been copied-and-pasted All over alphabet city, apparently.

Also, I'm bringing the chocolate chip guacamole and chips I brought to Flavourtown. Which turned out actually tasty! Unless there are objections.
posted by overhauser at 7:20 PM on November 29, 2017 [5 favorites]

I will try to bake something but work is nuts lately so no promises :(
posted by ferret branca at 7:31 AM on December 1, 2017

Yay for absent Santas! Yay for potential baked goods! I'm still planning to bring rice and jalapeño jelly and maybe something else depending on how my week goes (there might be some mid-week stress cooking, and that energy might spill over to Friday).
posted by bilabial at 6:18 PM on December 1, 2017

I'll be there! And thanks for the shout-out bilabial. It's a pleasure hosting meetups (when I can find a place haha) I was actually thinking about doing a potluck thing but didn't inow where to do it so it's awesome this is happening. I'm allergic to nuts, carrots and shellfish. I can bring chocolate chip cookies (nut-free of course).
posted by starlybri at 10:16 AM on December 5, 2017

I don't like jalapenos, so none for me. And I'll also try to bring some Chipotle style tomatillo salsa if it comes out well. Should I bring chips too? Will say if I'm bringing it by Friday.
posted by starlybri at 10:21 AM on December 5, 2017

Question. I had ankle surgery earlier this year so I really can't stand for say more than 5 minutes without being in pain. Will we be able to sit?
posted by miss-lapin at 4:13 PM on December 5, 2017

I'd make this but just saw it was in the afternoon. Sad to miss out on the jalapeno jelly =( but yeah, if regular meet ups start again, would be happy to attend (I'd organize them except that I have a weird irregular schedule so probably not best for me to determine when to hang out).
posted by kkokkodalk at 4:31 PM on December 5, 2017

Question. I had ankle surgery earlier this year so I really can't stand for say more than 5 minutes without being in pain. Will we be able to sit?

Yes, there is a line of bar stools in the front, and some tables and chairs as well as a couch and and a lounge chair in the back. I hope you can come. And I hope your ankle gets better.
posted by overhauser at 10:53 AM on December 6, 2017 [1 favorite]

Oof, wish I had seen this sooner, since my day is already booked. Next time though!
posted by trotskytown at 11:13 AM on December 8, 2017

I’m still very much on the fence of Maybe — I was leery of crossing paths with the Santa-con brigade on the trains, and now the snow forecast, I don’t know.
posted by oh yeah! at 11:36 AM on December 8, 2017

Still plan to be there but don't think baking is gonna work out, unfortunately.
posted by ferret branca at 11:51 AM on December 8, 2017

No need for baking. I have SO MUCH guacamole.
posted by overhauser at 3:53 PM on December 8, 2017

No need for baking. I’ve got a couple of lemony cookies, some coconut macaroons, and the promised rice with jalapeño jelly.

I just realized I should get paper bowls.

We’ll see what the snow does.
posted by bilabial at 4:30 PM on December 8, 2017

I don't think I'm going to bake either. But I will be bringing salsa and chips!

Can you give a yea or nah for meeting up an hour and a half before 2?
posted by starlybri at 4:40 PM on December 8, 2017

Of course! Just post here. Hopefully we get to see you!
posted by bilabial at 4:55 PM on December 8, 2017

Starlybri, I just found out I can come, too, and I am ALSO allergic to nuts so we can chat about allergies (and maybe I can has some of your cookies...?). See you tomorrow!
posted by knownassociate at 5:43 PM on December 8, 2017

I am hoping to be there! Will prob bring a vegetable/fruit plate.
posted by taupe at 9:37 PM on December 8, 2017

I'm going to try and make it, but no guarantees. The A train is shut down up here, which makes me lose motivation.
posted by hoyland at 5:57 AM on December 9, 2017

I'm still coming!
posted by starlybri at 8:13 AM on December 9, 2017

I'm on my way
posted by overhauser at 8:56 AM on December 9, 2017

If anyone is in Brooklyn and can't make it to this event, but still is able to get around and wants to do something anyway:

I'd picked today to do my own small party with friends, who are having their own difficulties getting around, so I may find myself with 3 pounds of bratwurst, 6 kinds of cookies and lots of cheese and only one or two people to help me eat it. If you are in Northern Brookyn and can't make it to Manhattan for this, memail me.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:17 AM on December 9, 2017

(Ordinarily I wouldn't have piggybacked like this but I'm a little panicked because THREE POUNDS OF BRATWURST)
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 9:19 AM on December 9, 2017

Can I come after? I will surely eat your cheese.
posted by starlybri at 9:40 AM on December 9, 2017

Leaving now. I'm trekking to the post office to try and get a package, so I'll probably arrive closer to 2.30. Hopefully you folks with be readily identifiable.
posted by hoyland at 10:06 AM on December 9, 2017

On my way.
posted by starlybri at 10:29 AM on December 9, 2017

I'm running a bit late - prob will be there around 3.
posted by taupe at 10:31 AM on December 9, 2017

I’m coming with gingerbread cookies.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 10:40 AM on December 9, 2017

I’m coming with gingerbread cookies.

Yay! I got there (here?) early. Let me get everything set up.

posted by overhauser at 11:02 AM on December 9, 2017

There are people here!
posted by overhauser at 11:11 AM on December 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

I hope people weren't kidding about staying until 6. I'm still in Washington Heights. I do have a package though, so that's something.
posted by hoyland at 11:23 AM on December 9, 2017

I don't see signs of leaving!
posted by ferret branca at 12:16 PM on December 9, 2017

Thanks, everyone, that was fun and I never need to eat again!
posted by ferret branca at 2:21 PM on December 9, 2017 [1 favorite]

Thanks for hosting bilabial! I had a good time and it was nice seeing/meeting everyone.
posted by SpaceWarp13 at 6:41 AM on December 10, 2017

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