A friend I haven't seen in an age is passing through New York, and I've been tasked with finding a place for us to meet up. Our window is from 5 to about 9ish, and he is leaving from Penn Station. We're going to want to talk and drink - and eat something. Ideally, I'd head to a pubby place, but I'm afraid most barlike places will be mobbed at 5. I was thinking about Half King but would welcome other suggestions.