My wife and I are spending a week in NYC starting this weekend. We have most of our dinner plans decided (thanks to you, Hounds!), but we are still trying to find a good spot near the Village Vanguard.
We are for the most part unfamiliar with NYC and would like to find a restaurant that is close by, nice (if not romantic), casual, and somewhat inexpensive (~$20 or so a person for entree & 1 glass of wine). The ethnicity is really not that important.
Please keep in mind we're not neccesarily looking to load up on huge portions of rich food, we'd be happy to just have something light before the show.
Also, any rec's for coffee & dessert afterward will be greatly appreciated