Photographer Noah Kalina has captured a plethora of New York City restaurant interiors. His website has more slides. Some of these places really evoke NYC with exposed brick walls and white chalkboards summed up nicely at The Tasting Room (right) in Nolita.
One thing they all express is romance - if any city has cornered the market on dim lighting it is Neuva York. Like Provence in Soho. Others are more experimental like Rayuela on the Lower East Side. LOVE the indoor-tree thing. And then there's the high-budget variety like Jeffrey
Chodorow's Wild Salmon (rated one star by Frank Bruni in the NYTimes) in Midtown.