So many bars in Manhattan are overflowing with loud college kids. Being just a few years out of college, this is a bit annoying. La Negrita is a great bar where you can actually hear your friends, they have great drink prices, and the bartenders are always very nice and friendly. I've taken all my friends to this bar and they all think it's amazing too. Many people have had birthday party get-togethers there since it's such a nice atmosphere and can accommodate quite a large number of customers, though it's rarely packed. This is a great place, frequented by locals who know how awesome it is =) Also there's a pizza shop on the block, if you walk up Columbus to the corner of 110... you can even order pizza delivered to the bar and they don't mind. They also have a long happy hour which is great!
Pros: Chill atmosphere, great drink prices, nice bartenders, rarely packed
Cons: Occasionally so sparse it's a bit awkward