I'm looking for a nice place to go with a few friends - a mini reunion. They'll be arriving from the suburbs so some place convenient to either GCT or Penn Station would be a plus, but I'm thinking Chelsea could also work nicely.
Nothing too adventurous cuisine-wise - maybe American, French, or Italian, and I'm especially seeking a gracious atmosphere conducive to lingering a bit. Also, something a bit trendy would be great for my guests, since they are coming from out of town.
Thanks for all recommendations.