Because I eat out more than I really should, sometimes the early bird or prix fixe dinner specials work well and is more "economical" pricewise. My favorite early bird right now is Rive Gauche at 37th Street & Third Avenue. From 5 to 7 they offer a 3 course menu (app, entree & dessert) for $19.95 and the choices are pretty extensive.
Are there other Chowhounds who want to share their finds? I'm basically not interested in diners that offer bland roast chicken or meat loaf comfort food but decent, imaginative well-prepared dishes. Thanks.