I'm looking for a restaurant to take my boyfriend for his birthday (December 23rd), and I'm a bit stumped. He loves the West Village (though that's not a must--locale can be flexible). Dinner is his birthday present--so I'm looking to spend $175-275 (including wine). I'm not a fan of anywhere that's super pretentious (I had dinner at Peasant last week and LOVED the food--but I didn't dig the service).
He's not an incredibly adventurous eater. I don't need a hot new place, I'd much rather go somewhere cozy with delicious food where you can have a conversation. He loves Blue Ribbon (me too!), but I go there a bunch, and I want this to be a special night. Any help would be greatly appreciated.