How about some restaurants with dec \ent lighting?
I'm so tired of dining il n the gloom; using my penlight to read the menu. And these gloomy restaurants are often the ones with music tracks that are like a knife driven between your eyes. I know, I know - my daughter's response was, "if it's too loud, you're too old". Maybe so. But still, what are your favorite (if any) restaurants with entrees under $30 (or even $25), where I can look at my food (a feast for the eyes?) and hear my companion's conversation? I sometimes wonder, what are they hiding in all that darkness? What awful thing might I see, if I turned over a leaf? So give it your best shot.
It's not dark. Our eyes are just old.
Can't think of a lot of places where I don't turn the flashlight on the iphone on to read the menu. Clinton St Baking Co. comes to mind. (Yes, they're open for dinner.)
Union Square Cafe, but they don't meet your pricing requirements.
Maybe db bistro moderne (though most of my experiences there are during the day).
Oceana (again, I'm usually there during the day, and not sure if the pricing will work).
DB Bistro Moderne
55 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036
Union Square Cafe
21 East 16th St., New York, NY 10003
210 W 10th St, New York, NY 10014
120 W 49th St, New York, NY 10020
Clinton Street Baking Co.
4 Clinton St, New York, NY 10002