I am meeting a long lost aunt today for lunch. I work on East 38th between 5th/Madison, but we're meeting around 5th and East 34th, because I am heading that way to Penn Station to go home early today. And, we all know that area is a wasteland of good food.
I know of several good choices close to my office (such as Barbes and Chez Laurance) but don't want her to come this way, especially considering the heat situation today and she isn't exactly on the young side.
I'd rather not eat in a coffee shop. Plus, she hasn't been to NYC in about 10 years (she lives in CA now), so I'd like to treat her to something decent. Price doesn't matter, but someplace not too noisey does since we have a lot of catching up to do. I'd like to keep it as close to E. 34th & Fifth as possible, tho I don't mind walking an avenue up or a block or 2 north/south. I thought about going to Artisanal, but that may be a bit too leisurely for my time constraints.