I love Cafe Loup but for the atmosphere, not the food. If the birthday boy wants a solid martini and a burger, the Loup is for you. Otherwise, the food is overpriced and nothing to write home about. Haven't been to Danal in ages so I can't comment there. How far are you willing to stroll? I love I sodi on Christopher but maybe that's too far? Good food, good bar (and wine list), and good volume.
59 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003
105 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011