If you want some really, really great food, check out COLORS at 417 Lafayette St in Manhattan (Astor Place). These are the survivors of Windows on the World restaurant from the World Trade Center. Small bar in front, soft music playing in background and the food is WONDERFUL. This was my first time there. I recommend the Chilean Bass. Cannot describe how delicious it was. You must try it put for yourself. I intend to make this a regular stop. Staff is very friendly and helpful.
Check it out.