It has been forever and a day since I've stayed in New York City, and had time to just hang out. And I'm hanging out with an old friend I haven't caught up with in forever.
I'm staying at a neat hotel near Times Square, and am looking for a good recommendation - someplace where the food is excellent, where it might not be too crowded (it could be off the beaten path - yes, I know that's an odd request for near Times Square, but I think we're willing to venture afield), someplace where we can eat and talk for a few hours.
French bistro fare works or contemporary American. I'm not sure if my friend likes Asian - and while I would have liked to have tried Sofrito, I'm not sure the ambience is right (on the other hand, if there are cubano or puertoriqueno places in that neck of the woods, that would be fine, too).
Oh, most importantly - a quiet little bar recommendation would be helpful, too - for either before or after dinner.