I know it is kind of a food wasteland up there, but I need a cafe/coffee shop/lunch spot as close as possible to 68th and York in which to conduct an interview (so should be not too super loud and crowded during the day on a weekday).
First Ave near NYH not a "wasteland." Za Za (Italian) quiet lunch place 1207 First Ave. (65-66th St). Forget the block of fast food joints on 68-69th St. Petaluma (72nd & 1st) is open for lunch and is also comfortable. Chinese - Cafe Evergreen on First and 69th.
Pain Quotidien - good choice - but that location has closed due to demo of that whole block (71-72nd East Side of First). The pre-existing health food emporium as well as that other place on the corner of 72nd & First are gone.