I'm meeting up with a friend and his girlfriend, whom I haven't seen in like 5 years, while in town for business. Since this is a special occasion, I want to be able to chat and have a great time, with 2 hour or so leisurely dining abilities. I know nothing of NYC so I'd appreciate some insight as this outing calls for a fun and yummy spot! Along the lines of places to compare in LA (from there): Church & State, Cleo, Red Medicine, Lukshon, or Hatfield's-esq but more on the $$$ AKA delish food and drink, lively, great ambiance and interesting tasteful decor/design but nothing stark and uber minimal or trendy/gimmicky. Want to be able to chat and have a great time, 2 hour or so leisurely dinging abilities. Open to lL cusines but as I live in Koreatown of LA, I'm cool on any Vietnamese, Korean, Chinese, or Mexican.
Thanks in advance, looking forward to your suggestions!