place to eat, discuss and write
I am looking for a quiet place that has good food and is a place that one can linger and do some writing. Prefer someplace on the UWS or Midtown West, but am open. I don't care if there is waiter service or not, but must be good food. Preferably good sandwiches, salads or Italian. No asian.
Since you said you only prefer those two nabes, I take it you are willing to go elsewhere. So, I'm going to suggest AQ Cafe, in the Scandanavian House. on Park Av., b/t 37th & 38th Sts. Aquavit's chef, Marcus Samuelsson, is responsible for the very tasty menu of sandwiches, salads, etc. (Love the Swedish meatballs!) It's a cafeteria-style set-up with lots of tables in the large, pleasant lobby, where you can sit for as long as you like. I believe the hours are 10 a.m. - 5. p.m., Mon. - Sat.