I'm visiting and will be in Chelsea and working my way south to Soho, with a date in tow. Anywhere in the Village or Soho works. I'm looking for casual, not scene-y, good to great food, slightly romantic and/or has decent lighting :) Ultimately, I'd like to keep it around or under $20, inclusive of everything, with one non-alcoholic drink.
I was thinking something like Jane or Zoe, but will they be packed at 2 pm on a Saturday? Off the beaten path is fine, and all cuisines are welcome. I generally like light items such as sandwiches, salads with grilled proteins, panini, etc., and I take him to be a burger and fries kind of guy, but I will stray for a good Italian pork sandwich or burrito.
Not food related: Is it a bad sign when the Philly girl has to pick the restaurant instead of the local guy? :)
Thanks for all responses.