I'm going out with two very old friends tonight and we are looking for a place to eat where we can relax and easily hear each other, but also has delicious food. We need to be downtown--anywhere below 23rd Street. Somehow the only thing that springs to mind is Five POints, but I'm guessing it will be really loud. (I've only been there at off hours, and it was quiet and mellow but it probably isn't always that way.) Not super-expensive.
I am just drawing a blank. Please help!