I'm hoping for some help planning my sister's 40th birthday in Manhattan. It's her, her husband's, and our other sister's first time in NY so I want to make sure they have a memorable time. I've booked lunch at Jean Georges to take advantage of the $38 lunch special but I'm a bit stumped for dinner. I'd like to keep dinner a little more casual and less stuffy, around $25-30/pp (not including drinks/tax/tip), ideally in a more charming neighbourhood (West Village?) that would add to the experience, at a more lively restaurant rather than fine dining.
Since NY is new to the three of them I thought they might appreciate checking out some of the places they might have heard of before, so my first thought was The Spotted Pig. I know it'd be quite the wait for a table for 4 at prime dinner hours but we can easily wander around the area and stop off for a drink somewhere while we wait. Very open to other suggestions though if anyone has any.
Only other criteria is that I'd like to keep it south of 23rd St.
Thanks for your help,