My husband and I are coming to NYC this week for a job interview, and he's got a dinner to attend Thursday night. We've been to NY 4 times, most recently last summer, so we're not first timers. This trip, we're staying in Chelsea and hope to explore the Village more thoroughly than in prior trips.
I'll be on my own for dinner Thursday night, and I would love to get some suggestions for great places to get a nice meal, $20 or less for an entree, where I can people watch and/or read. I like Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Korean, Polish, German... I am fairly open to cuisine. Location, quality, and service are more important to me.
Second, we want a great Italian dinner. Do we need to go to Brooklyn for that? We've done Carmine's, which was good (a friend took us) but a little too chain restaurant/fancy Olive Garden/Maggianos-ish to me. Locally owned northern Italian would be top choice. Location unimportant since we can make the time to go wherever.
Thanks in advance!