A friend is coming to the city and he is going through a tough time. I want to give him a sweet, delicious oasis of an afternoon. Great simple fresh food (nothing over complicated or rich/heavy--we both have some dietary issues) plus relaxed expansive atmosphere for conversation are most desired qualities.
$$ no object, nicer/more upscale may be better.
We could do almost any neighborhood (probably not UES). Starting off from 20s. Headed to midtown after.
It seems like lots of places I’d love to try not doing lunch on Saturday or just the wrong kind of food/atmosphere.
Have you been anywhere you really really love? Any help is deeply appreciated