I'm struggling to pick a place to eat for my boyfriend's birthday next Thursday. We're seeing a play on Barrow St. so we'll be in the West Village and are looking to eat around 9ish. We don't mind walking and eventually have to head back home to the Union Square area so we're ok eating anywhere between Houston and 14th, on the west or east side.
While I'd have no problem picking a place I'd like to go, it's a bit trickier finding a place he'll be comfortable in. He eats everything but is not crazy about high-end, fancy places with tiny plates and over-the-top service. He's a fan of neighborhood type places with friendly service. In the past we've enjoyed Malatesta, Cafecito and Traif.
Budget tops out at $40-50 a person for food. Leaning more towards American, Italian or Latin American but that's flexible.
And any pre-theater drink suggestions are welcome. Thanks!