Silk Road has long been the spot for college kids in NY to sit, have a meal and just relax. I was turned on to this place when I was still in high school and go there from time time these days. It's sorta like tradition for my friends and I when we want to eat some decent Chinese and chat about old times. Depending on when you get there, the restaurant can be a cozy place, though the tables are grouped so tightly that it's like one big dinner party of strangers and you'll easily be in on someone else's conversation, so keep that in mind. On the weekends, this place is jammed with college types and the line is usually out of the door as far as a wait for a table. The staff is cool and have been there for the 10 or so years that I've eaten there. The food is not very memorable, but you'll get an endless supply of white wine (or soda) to drink throughout your meal.