I am looking to take my fiance out for his 30th birthday. In narrowing down the food choices, I was thinking of something similiar in former-vide/atmosphere, simplicity and price as Balthazar. Nothing pretentious , stuffy or overally-trendy - just somewhere fun with great food and a bit of a bar scene.
In terms of food, other ideas could also include New American, Italian or steakhouse. My preference in location would be somewhere close to the Path stations, but am willing to go a bit east or a bit north.