drinks/light fare near Plaza
Any recommendations for a casual, friendly place for drinks, light fare and conversation near the Plaza? I'm supposed to meet a college roommate in town on business, and I have no idea what's in that area.
In fact, I apologize if someone's already written about the perfect place but -- because of my limited Manhattan geography skills -- I didn't find the post in my site search.
i'm probably going out on a limb here, but i like the Oak Bar in the Plaza itself. The Temple (downtown) aside, it is one of the few places in Manhattan that feels like a bar in a private club. But be careful on time of day. Peak hours can be noisy--it's a pretty small place, and full of, I guess, business people. martinis, very good and i liked the sandwiches. (tho more formal dining is not the Plaza's high point--avoid the Oak Room restaurant at all costs.)