I'm always jealous of people who live downtown or other neighborhoods with more inspired food choices that aren't too overpriced, but some not so staid places opened up around my neighborhood recently:
Cascabel (Nuevo Spanish)
Luke's Lobster Rolls
Farinelli Pizza (not yet, but soon)
Any others that I missed?
768 9th Ave, New York, NY 10019
93 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009