I'll be in NYC for a few days, and rather than order room service, would like to try a nice restaurant or two. Any suggestions for places (preferably not too far from Chelsea) where people watching is good and a person can sit, enjoy dinner and kind of blend in with the crowd? Bar dining is fine -- great actually, especially if the bartenders are nice.
I like all cuisines. Right now I'm just more interested in finding a place where I can go and have fun taking everything in. So far, I like the sound of Gramercy Tavern and Tabla's Bread Bar. Any other good ones?
I'll be coming out of a show around 9:30, so it also needs to be place where you can dine late (if that's even late in NYC!).