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Aug 18, 2010 06:44 AM

despair re Penn Station area

I need to entertain foreign guests on their way through NYC -- they are getting off one train, spending time with me (not during lunch), then getting back on another train.

Please recommend a non-sleazy, calm place I can entertain them for a couple hours. THANKS!

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  1. What day of the week and what time? You mean mid-afternoon? Are you looking for a meal at a restaurant? Snacks at a bar or lounge (like hanging out at the Ace Hotel lobby for a few hours)?

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    1. re: kathryn

      Tomorrow. between 10-12 or 2-4. Lobby is fine if a cup of tea or a drink is possible. Snack at a bar or lounge fine.

      1. re: jgruman

        There is a lounge menu with food from the Breslin and you can have coffee, a cocktail, beer, not sure about tea but I'd imagine yes.

        I love hanging out at the Ace Hotel lobby during the day because the couches are comfy and the A/C is lovely on a hot day, and the snack menu is pretty good -- salads, grilled cheese, cheese board, etc.

        The Breslin
        20 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001

    2. If there's time, I recommend walking over to Bryant Park, but that probably doesn't work for you.

      Two nice places, considering.

      Lugo Caffe


      A standard blue collar pub. Not sleazy.

      Blaggard's Pub

      Two after 5pm joints.

      Just on the west side of 1 Penn Plaza are Local and Luci. They're both open patio bars popular among the after work crowd.

      1. Keens is open from 11:45 a.m. straight through the day, Mon.-Fri. You can hang out in the Bar Room, have drinks and some snacks. I think your foreign guests will get a kick out of Keens' Old NY ambiance.

        Photos of Keens' Bar Room can be viewed here: