LES, thrifty and romantic
you're probably looking for something like Pink Pony - ludlow b/t houston and stanton. its related to lucien. the food is so so but you can hang out forever, have a glass of wine, a bite, dessert...
my brunch picks in the area are:
Le Jardin Bistro (french) - centre st (lafayette) b/t spring and kenmare
Supper (italian) - 2nd st at ave A
Freemans (new american) - freeman's alley (rivington) b/t bowery and chrystie, though it can get very crowded