I'm in NY for a few nights for client events and have one free night for dinner (I'm from the Bay Area). I'm interested in spot with good atmosphere and a comfortable bar (hate to eat at a table by myself). In the past I've done Mesa Grill or Babbo so I'm trying to branch out (but that gives you context on type of venue I like).
I've heard Primehouse is good but steaks seem like a cop out. Also hear Minetta Tavern, Catch and Abe & Arthur's are good but not sure of their bar set up (like to have a little elbow room). While I like a lively scene, I'm more about the food and don't want to have my barstool bumped 50 times by people wedging by me.
Would also be up for sushi if there's anywhere phenomonal. Appreciate any thoughts.