I have a friend who is a high school teacher in VT and she's bringing some of her students to the city on Friday. She asked for help in finding a place to eat lunch. They'll be at the U.N. and the Metropolitan Museum, so they're roaming and willing to travel a bit. Can anyone suggest a place? I'm appending a bit of her email below so that you can see what she's thinking. Thanks!
Last year we ate lunch in Times Sq at the Hard Rock Cafe. Not only is that pretty pricey, but it's so lacking (for me, anyway) in any kind of cultural flair/fare. Although I know it's difficult to arrive with 15 people and try to eat some place (around 1-ish) -- though we are coming on Friday (this week). Any thoughts? We're somewhat mobile and usually walk and ride the subway.
PS -- One place I had thought of was America or Carmine's (not sure on those names, but remembering they have large round tables and family-style serving.