After a long four years of research, classes and even a few papers with my name on them I've finally finished my undergraduate Biology degree.Columbia University has expressed some interest in me and would like me to meet with one of their researchers for a casual discussion over lunch in March. My undergraduate research program is paying for my hotel and transportation for three nights. With the lunch taking up half of one day I have two to explore New York on my own. I've visited New York dozens of times as a teenager to visit family, this is my first time going with no intention of visiting a dozen cousins in the Bronx.
My girlfriend and I are intending to find a Broadway show during our stay and a few places to eat along the way. A friend of mine, native to the area recommended I try small places to eat like a salt and battery in Greenwich Village. If anyone has any recommendations for lunch at similar places I'd welcome them. We also intend to find varying modest, romantic and non-pretentious places for dinner each night there. I've tried to look for places that fit that bill but it's hard for me to tell without actually having visited potential candidates for our dinner nights.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.