Hello. I will be in NYC from Wednesday afternoon to Sunday morning in mid-September. Many of the meals, including Wednesday and Thursday dinner and Friday breakfast/lunch, I will be dining alone, as my husband will be working. I am looking for casual and low-key. We loved many tasting menus in the past year, including Next, e, WD-50, and El Ideas, but are not desiring those for this trip, so please no EMP, Per Se, Ko, etc, even for lunch. Two meals a day, breakfast or lunch plus dinner, and perhaps some snacks along the way, will generally do it. We will be staying in Chelsea part of the time then UWS, but I enjoy walking and am comfortable with public transit so location is not a factor. In fact, if there is a street or neighborhood you recommend for exploration or food shops, I'm all ears (eg, I love strolling and grazing along Bleeker Street, and going window shopping in Zabar's). I am especially interested in places NY is proud of, and cuisines that aren't strong in Chicago. Places I'm considering: Ippudo, Momofuku Noodle Bar or SSam, Minetta Tavern, Shake Shack, Barney Greengrass, Russ & Daughters, Katz's (I mistakenly ordered corned beef the first time there and coveted my husband's pastrami, so to speak), Motorino, Empellon Taqueria, and Big Gay Ice Cream. I would love to try a hand-pulled noodle shop in Chinatown, one where I can watch the noodles being made, and appreciate recommendations on both place and dishes. Also, if there is somewhere to stop for a craft beer or cocktail where there wouldn't be a wait for a barstool and it wouldn't be creepy going solo, that would be fantastic. Thank you very much! Go!