Wjere should I go right now?
I live near NYU, eat anything, and need a place to eat by myself within a 20 minute walk. I want to spend anywhere from $20-80 for a full meal with maybe one drink. Let's hear some suggestions!
So much depends on what you're in the mood for, etc., but a place in the 'hood that is close to the East Village/Noho portion of the endless expanse that is NYU (what ISN'T near NYU below 14th?) is Five Points Restaurant, east of Broadway on Mercer (I believe....). It'd be towards the upper range of your pricing, but well worth it, I think.
Go sit at the bar at Otto. It is late enough that it won't be crowded, and the bartender is really great . . . if you ask for advice about wine he will likely give it, and may let you even try a couple of different ones.