Headed to NYC from LA for a few days tomorrow. Usually when I come to your amazing city I have friends or co-workers who make all the dinner plans and all I have to do is show up. However this trip it looks like I may be solo for dinner on Friday so I'm looking for ideas. I've read a bunch of threads, but I'm still overwhelmed. Staying at Le Parker Meridien and would love to find some place within walking distance or an easy cab or subway ride. After many years of trepidation about solo dining in "nice" restaurants, I've become a big fan of sitting at the bar by myself, enjoying a leisurely meal and a glass of wine or two in a lively atmosphere. Cusine-wise, I'm not a vegetarian but I don't eat fish or shellfish or most "non-mainstream" meats (pork belly, foie gras, sweetbreads, etc.), and I do love all things vegetable. Tend to prefer small plates type menus when I'm solo so that I can try multiple dishes. Italian, Asian, modern American are all good. Budget is flexible, but let's say $50-$60 pre-tax, tip and drinks. And of course some place where I can actually get in on a Friday night. Thank you!