I'm having dinner with old friends and could use some suggestions in terms of restaurant choices. I'm an omnivore and relative adventurous with my food but one of us will be a vegetarian and the other Halal. We've been doing mostly vegetarian indian restaurants to fit these requirements when we get together but are looking to branch out if possible. Its a simple meal to catch up so the place does not have to be fancy. Any ideas?
You might want to try one of the Candle locations (Candle Cafe West on Broadway/89; Candle 79 on 79 at Lex; or Candle Cafe on Third at 75th or so) -- delicious vegan.
In Midtown, Tang Pavilion on 55th off 6th is an excellent, very comfortable Chinese with many vegetarian dishes. (Whether that works will depend on whether your Halal eater will eat non-meat dishes in a non-Halal place.)