Lively, but somewhat quiet dinner?
A long-lost friend will be coming in to NYC in a few weeks. Would like to go to a restaurant in Manhattan that offers excellent food (w. emphasis on quality rather than cleverness) and wine (he owns a vineyard). Somewhat cozy -- perhaps downtown -- but a place that we can talk easily. Price: He probably won't let me pick up the tab, so please don't suggest wildly expensive places a la Per Se. One other caveat: It's on a Sunday. Thanks.