Midtown and willing to travel. Vegan Friendly
Hard to answer since we don't know your friends. Are you looking for a vegan restaurant? Attaching a few prior discussions of vegan restaurants for your convenience.
My apologies they're not hyperlinking automatically...cut and paste into your browser or just search on vegan restaurants in Manhattan and you'll find what you're looking for.
The subject of what is a good place to go arouses passionate debate in some quarters of this board. I've always liked a place in my 'hood, Blossom.
Assuming your friends aren't vegan, look into Landmarc, Chola, Rouge Tomate, and Josie's,
For fine dining, Picholine will accomodate vegan requests. Eleven Madison Park will probably let you design a vegan menu, but check with them when you make your reservation.
232 East 58th Street, New York, NY 10022
35 West 64th St., New York, NY 10023
179 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013
10 East 60th Street, New York, NY 10022