I need to spend about 10 days in the vicinity of NY Public Library at 5th and 42d, so I'm collecting recommendations for great eats in a 10 block radius excluding Times Square.
I'll have a kitchen, so I would also appreciate tips for any fine places to shop for anything, or if there is any extremely good take out.
For restaurants, any cuisine is fine except Italian and I really prefer quiet and well-spaced tables, as I will seldom be dining alone and enjoy conversation.
Some fave foods are falafel, burritos, bimbap, great chinese and all things fish (raw or cooked).
I'm open to all price ranges.
If there is great espresso or a good classic cocktail bar in the nabe, indoor or out, I'd love to hear about it.
Thanks for your help in advance!