Going to catch up with a friend for dinner. Can you recommend places with good food AND atmosphere (energetic vibe, nice lighting, good music AND not pretentious)?
Some ideas so far:
--Bar Room at The Modern
--Pintxos (Tribeca) for tapas
--Azul Bistro (LES)
Liked Dylan Prime, but want to try someplace else.
Trying to take a break from Italian food.
French, Seafood-focused, Tapas, Brazilian or Argentinean places are all great.
Manhattan preferred. (No offense to the other boroughs!)