Taking a very good friend to a "farewell" dinner prior to his moving to Calif. from NY. Was thinking about some place with a garden, but since the weather report is "iffy" would like someplace that also has a pretty inside just in case. We'd like to eat at the unfashionable hour of 5 (many places seem to start serving at 6 which will have to do if necessary) because we're both travelling from outside the city. Was thinking about Provence or Gascogne. I've been to both, but not recently. Also read about Le Jardin Bistro (have never been) but the pics on their website don't look great. Food IS important but ambiance counts. Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Not looking to break the bank but not looking to compromise food for price. Can be almost anywhere in the city.