I really like Max in tribeca, its a go-to, probably a little less character than the east village version but the food is the same. Somewhat quieter as well, although on certain nights it gets pretty busy. definitely within your price range.
Giorgione and Giorgione 508 are both fantastic--on Spring/Hudson area, far west soho. Both have trerrific wine by the glass as well. The latter is more casual chic and the former is more sit down but both get loud and festive but are still intimate.