I'll be in town this week for work. Staying near Times Square. Our office is near 810 Seventh Ave but I'll be spending half the time near Grand Central. I'll be grabbing some meals with co-workers, but we'll all need a break from each other.
That said, are there any spots in that stomping area that are uniquely NY, but also are casual/conducive to the solo diner? Communal tables? Eateries with friendly bars where one has the elbow space to order a meal? I don't need fancy and it need not be the "best of" or trendy or toursity. I love all kinds of food, so that's not a factor. Rather, flying solo, I don't want to sit in a corner of a warmly lit romantic spot. Know what I mean? Good food. Good people.
Thanks in advance. I'm happy to suggest the same for you if coming out West.