What's a good place to go in the mid-afternoon, during the week, after lunch and before dinner? I need a comfortable place to meet 6 people to chat and enjoy an unusual atmosphere and/or menu. I'm looking to avoid Starbucks and the like.
The Cub Room in SoHo has a bar area with chairs and
couches that is very nice in the afternoon. I don't
know what their serving hours are though.
If you're on the Upper West Side, I highly recommend Luzia's (Amsterdam near 80th). I did just that the other day and it was perfect. They have outdoor tables if the midafternoon is nice and you feel like basking in the sun.