As the subject suggests, I need to throw together a plan for a first date brunch somewhere downtown. I'd like it to be upbeat with a bit of an edge -- or on the opposite end of the spectrum, maybe just a place that offers up some good old cozy comfort. As shocking as this may sound, the food is secondary to the overall vibe (though still a consideration). I'd also prefer not to be rushed out. The names I'm tossing around are:
Blue Ribbon Bakery
Sushi Samba (7th Ave)
Any other ideas or comments on the above are most welcome! E. Village suggestions???