Going on a double date Thursday night. Looking for a fun casual spot that isn't too expensive. We all work in midtown area so location is pretty flexible but not too north. Will go UWS but prefer south of chelsea if possible. Figure no more then $100 a couple-we will be drinking-less is always better. None of the places on my want to try list fit the criteria. Obviosly I can't think of anything even though I know a tons of spots. Something similar to The Smith or Locanda Verde perhaps. We like to eat but not overly adventurous.
Some ideas and spots we like:
Kefi-want to try but UWS might be too far
Bianca-went last week but similar in price
Keste-not impressed with motorino
Da Andrea--hear good things but is the atmosphere worth it?
Emporio-love happy hour worth sitting for food?