Coming to a conference sited @ BU, so don't now when others will be asking me to dinner. So - not reservation ahead places. Easy to walk to from BU (George Sherman Union) if that is realistic, or short cab ride.
I like "nice" places - in NY, say like Degustation - and middle places NY, Cafe Loup bistorish but not precious, and ethnic places - esp. Chinese but most things. Price point: $60 including one glass of wine, tax and tip. I like the option of sitting @ a table ather than having to sit at bar.