UWS moderately priced dinner
I would second the rec for Gennaro - excellent food. It can get very crowded there and I don't think they take reservations. We also like Gabriela's (94/Columbus). It's a lovely space and their food is solid.
If you are going further down, then I'd recommend Celeste (home made pastas and generally good Italian) or Zeytin (Turkish). Celeste also gets really crowded and I don't know if they take reservations.
If you want to spend a little more, try Roth's Westside Steakhouse (93/Columbus). A nice space with good, traditional steakhouse fare.