What places do you like for casual dining in these area? By casual, I mean not quite as pricey or "clubby" as a La Marais or Abigaels. This meal is a 'thank-you' for a non-kosher establishment eating friend, so I would like quality service, good food, and cleanliness.
What about Makor, or the Mediterranean place on the UWS (is it called Kolbeh?) or any other suggestions?