Looking for a casual but not utilitarian place for dinner this Friday in Chelsea, W. Village, Flatiron, or Gramercy areas. We're planning to eat 9, but two of us are getting there earlier, so a place with a pleasant bar area would be ideal. Entrees in the $20-24 range, convivial atmosphere, and good service would be appreciated. No Meatpacking District, please. These folks eat out a lot on business travel, so anything not French, American, or Italian would make for a welcome change. Previous successes include Snack Taverna and Basta Pasta.
Thanks in advance for your help!