I'm going to dinner with a friends, and I'd like to explore around 9th Ave from the 40's to 50's, where it seems to have a large variety of restaurants. One problem is that one of the friends is very much an unchowish person. He just likes very simple dishes like meat and potatoes. Nothing fancy. Nothing expensive - probably $25 an entree is the most, and he'd never order an appetizer. Having drinks is important.
Is there a place that is good, preferably has outdoor seating in this location that will not scare away this person?