Where to eat by the Bowery?
Freemans is great, but it'll likely be mobbed on a Friday night. My suggestions:
La Esquina: either quick tacos upstairs or, if they have some seats available, in one of the two dining rooms.
Congee Bowery: though it may take a bit of time to go through the 800-some-odd item menu, they do serviceable (if nothing out of the ordinary) Chinese food. Easy to do on the cheap, too, if you don't want to spend a lot.
If you want to make a reservation somewhere just to be sure, Opentable lists available 2-tops (maybe 4- or more-tops if you need) at 5:30/6:00 at a few decent places in the area:
...and the aforementioned Little Giant
Mind you, just 'cause there are open tables now - even if you see a lot of them listed - doesn't mean there will be if you try to walk in later. Friday nights, restos in that area tend to fill up VERY quickly. Might be good to put a thumb on one of those tables before they all get gobbled up.
85 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002
207 Bowery, New York, NY 10002
106 Kenmare St, New York, NY 10012
194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012
210 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012
316 Bowery, New York, NY 10012
214 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10012
40 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002