Looking for a place for dinner on a Friday night for a small group (4-5 people) in lower Manhattan where entrees are under $30 or small plates in the teens. I don't really have a specific type of cuisine in mind and am open to suggestions, however we do have one or two slightly picky eaters. Something mediterranean or tapas might be nice. I also enjoy places with eclectic menus especially if they are focused on showcasing locally sourced ingredients. Must be able to get in for dinner without making reservations weeks in advance. I've tried Stanton Social and was relatively happy with it, but I'd like to try something new. I grew up in the area and come back to visit several times a year.
Also - if you wouldn't mind please throw in the name of your favorite bar with a good view.