I am meeting an old friend for a birthday dinner. She's new to the city and I want to show her why NY is so great. I'm looking for something downtown-ish and not expensive. The emphasis is on good food and a great atmosphere (small and cute rather than trendy). We both like most varieties of ethnic food and I'm steering away from Italian or American. My first thought was Cafe Habana, but I think we can do better. Good and inexpensive drinks are a must. Thanks!