I’ve probably eaten more meals at Tavern on Jane than any other restaurant in New York. And it’s not just because I live around the corner. This modest, friendly destination places a premium on food rarely found in casual, neighborhood joints. Inventive nightly specials complement a menu stocked with dependable basics: roast chicken with garlic mashed potatoes, mixed green salad with marinated, grilled steak, and a variety of pastas. It would be a stretch to say that Jane’s food is exemplary, but its nice to know they’re being thoughtful in the kitchen. The grilled chicken club, for instance, is enlivened with roasted red-pepper mayonnaise and arugula, and comes with homemade fries and coleslaw ($7.95). The space itself, with its brick walls, fireplace, and long wooden bar, has a slightly New England feel to it. Service is always warm and relaxed, and if you show up more than a few times, count on the bartender knowing your name.