Small and candlelit, Max is a great date spot that I highly recommend. I really like this place and I always order the same thing: lasagna. Oh my god...it is so good. The sauce is possibly the darkest, deepest shade of red I've seen for a tomato sauce. Yet, there is the taste of cream in every bite. Served in individual casserole dishes, each order is good for at least two meals. You'll get to take a delicious lunch to work the next day.
Gnocchi proved tasty as well. I haven't tried the rest of the pasta dishes but the price is right at $10-15 a dish.
Really, it's the lasagna you want.
Info: 51 Avenue B