Okay, for reasons too boring to explain, I need to hold a few student conferences in the vicinity of 38th and 8th (or closer to Penn Station). I need a place at which I can camp out for a few hours, where I'll be able to eat a not horrible lunch and my students can get coffee or tea, which is also not ridiculously loud, and where I won't have trouble finding a table on a Monday afternoon.
Can anyone help? I've lived in New York for my whole life and yet I've rarely eaten in this area, other than to grab a slice of pizza before getting on a train.
Many, many thanks.