UWS Near Historical Society
Looking for genuine neighborhood find around 76th and CPW for a birthday dinner with my wife. She done been wooed, so it doesn't have to be super romantic. But cozy, homey, and/or casual would be nice. Any cuisine is fine so long as we're out for a total of not much more than $60--and we don't drink. Thanks!
If you're willing to go as far as Alachi Masala, you could try the following in your price range:
Celeste (no reservations, no credit cards)
Kefi (79th, no reservations, no credit cards)
Zeytin's if you want Turkish (it's nicer inside than Seven's and I think the food is better)
Earthen Oven if you want Indian (again, nicer decor than Alachi Masala and I think better food)
Nice Matin is also a good suggestion
I was going to suggest Dovetail, which is nearby and would be a good choice for a celebration....but if you're talking $60 total that's probably out. (They have a Sunday night "deal" but I don't know when you are going. Isabella's is also nearby and somewhat cozy....
You could also see if the new Shake Shack is open yet : )
no woman is ever *done* been wooed, douglas. :)
Pasha is a very good Turkish restaurant and both more romantic and more delicious than Zeytin and Seven's IMO. It's cozy, homey and low key without being sloppy. they also have a bargain pre-theatre prix fixe menu.
I love the food at Kefi, but as JMJD noted, it doesn't take reservations or credit cards. The wait for a table is generally 1/2 an hour to an hour unless you go at an off time. you can usually get a table or place at the bar in the front room and nurse a glass of wine while you wait.