There are a few considerations:
- I am a lady that will be traveling/eating solo
- I won't know until a couple of days before that I am going so can't make reservations too far in advance
- My work hours will likely be 7:00 to 4:00 but it is construction-ish work so I will have to clean up before I go, and be back to the hotel by 10:00ish (I do clean up very quickly when required)
I have no problem taking trains or driving. NYC is fine, but so is anyplace else. I am open minded about food but not super adventurous; for example, I have eaten beef tongue and carpacchio, but wouldn't be keen on fish eyes or most organ meats. I can eat at a bar or at a table.
I would be very interested in finding something that I can't get too easily in the Boston area, whether because of cuisine or level of quality.