Next weekend - Warm & intimate daytime coffee shop/wine bar/restaurant in Midtown or Village to reconnect with an old friend
Both Ost Cafe and Mudspot in the East Village have lots of seating, and neither rushes you at all. However, no big and comfy chairs. Ost Cafe feels more open. Mudspot has more of a granola crunchy vibe.
307 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003
441 E 12th St, New York, NY 10009
It's nice and it does have couches, but it is always super-duper-duper crowded.
Try Caffe Dante, if you want somewhere a little quieter/less bother (but without nice chairs) or maybe even someplace small like Local over right under Houston.
Sorry, but it's hard to think of places with comfy chairs... most places in NY want you out the door quick nowadays.