I'm meeting a couple of friends on Friday afternoon, after lunch, before cocktail hour and the main goal is a place to sit and talk for a couple of hours. Coffee or a drink seems like the best approach. One of us is coming from a meeting in the East 30's and ultimately headed to Brooklyn afterwards and we'd like something convenient for her (ie, don't want to head up town or significantly west). I'm sure we could settle into a convenient Starbucks somewhere, but I thought it would be fun to suggest something better or more interesting.
Any thoughts on somewhere appealing that won't mind us settling in for a while and that's geographically appropriate?