Early dinner near Public Theater
great jones cafe - cajun style, burgers drinks wings salads fish chili - amazing and has been there forever, divey but cool, great jukebox, great margaritas
hecho en dumbo - tacos/mexican in a cool setting
peels - fried chicken!
chinatown brasserie - stylish dim sum
it's also an easy walk from soho or east village restaurants-- the above are within a few blocks, but if you want to do newyorker-style you could have a real stroll after you eat!