We had an early pre-Frankie and Johnnie dinner at Uncle Nick's on 9th Avenue. It was just the thing for a group of 6 (including several nonhounds)who had each just shelled out $80+ for theater tickets. The stand-out was the appetizer of four dips and my entree of grilled sardines. We shared a greek salad and the dips among us, each had an entree (roast chicken for four of us, a zesty mussel casserole for another, and those juicy sardines), one nice bottle of greek white wine (can't recall the name, but it's the first one on the list), and 9 cokes (three each for the three timid eaters). With tax and tip, it was $30 per person. The atmosphere is hectic but not so loud that we couldn't comfortably converse. It wasn't at all crowded when we arrived at 5:45. Nobody minded that we were a little late for our reservation (bad traffic) and that two of our party had to cancel at the last minute.
One caveat -- If you see Frankie and Johnnie, learn from my mistake and don't sit with your mother.