Lunch with California friends - Friday
71 Irving is nice - a little more coffee shop/ but a great place to hang out. Can get crowded though.
Also next door is Friend of a Farmer - great lunch choice as well.
Could go with Casa Mono - part of the Batali empire which has great tapas. There are a lot of great choices on Irving - just east of Union Square.
For sushi, Yama is a good choice as well.
A bit nicer - but great ambiance, especially if you sit outside is Blue Water Grill - part of the B.R. Guest Group.
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
Friend of a Farmer
77 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
122 E 17th St, New York, NY 10003
71 Irving Place
71 Irving Pl, New York, NY 10003