Doesn’t need to be fancy or formal, but I’m always ears for new ideas. A drinkable wine by the glass is a requirement.
I just had a repeat lunch at Chez Panisse Cafe this week, and while it was delicious as always (and the fried chicken breast was perfect), the upstairs back corner was becoming difficult for conversation near the end of the meal. It was fine for this particular lunch but wouldn’t be for others. I’ve been to Gather a couple of times for lunch, and it was perfectly ok, but I’ve never been in a rush to return. Stella Nonna has worked ok, too. I’ve yet to have a weekday lunch on or around 4th Street.