My weekly discussion group (4 people) has been temporarily displaced and we need to find a new location in public in Manhattan! I am hoping you guys can help me find an inexpensive restaurant or coffee place that is quiet enough to have a conversation, casual enough not to kick us out after an hour, and has enough food options so both carnivores and vegans can find something to eat.
Ethnicity and location are pretty unlimited, though I think staying west of Fifth Ave would be most convenient for all of us. By cheap, I mean one could get a light meal, like a sandwich and an iced tea, or a shared meal, like Indian or Chinese, for about $12-$18 each. Even a picnic table somewhere that is likely to be empty would work.
I would love to know what you think. Thanks for any help you can give!