Myself and two other Philly Chowhounds are heading up to NYC next weekend to see go to a show and have a nice dinner. We're meeting a fellow NY Chowhound so there will be four women who love good food, good wine and a good value. Unpretentious but fabulous food is far better than crowded, noisy or paying to be seen in a "hip" place. What can anyone tell me about ALVA, VERITAS or BLUE WATER GRILL? Has anyone ever tried L'ECOLE at the French Culinary Academy? Alternate selections are welcome so I thank you all in advance for any and all suggestions.