Earlier today I was stressing about an important business lunch. While I was pretty particular with my requirements, you folks again came through for me with some stellar suggestions (LCB, Monkey Room, etc).
It turns out that my friend wanted Italian! So, off we went to a corner table at Giambelli (50th and Mad/Park), which worked out just fine. Good, traditional food and perfect for the situation. By no means a cutting edge place, pretty pricey, and not really my style, but it made her happy, which, in the end, was what mattered. :)