I am looking for a place with good happy hour specials and food that is better than your standard bar food... preferably in the 20s-30s or west village area?
I really like PS 450 on Park and 30th - they have great appetizers and $5 cosmos and appletinis, but it is next to impossible to get a table because it is always jam packed to capacity.
I also LOVED loved loved Absolutely 4th in the west village. Seriously, this was my favorite place in the city - $5 martinis from a ridiculously extensive menu, yummy fries, and then there were lots of good and moderately priced restaurants all around it... also it was never packed so you could actually hear people talk. Unfortunately this closed down a few months ago.
Any other (similar) ideas?