For quick and easy access to the priceline bidding page use the following site we have set-up: BiddingForHotelRooms.com
Not sure if this $150 figure is room rate only vs. all-in, but either way i think it's going to be tough. Do a search using our BiddingHelper.com tool and after completing your search:
in the PRICELINE EXPRESS tab:
1) on the left side select 3 star and higher (if you hover over the '3 star' text you will see an 'and higher' link that will automatically leave checkmarks for everything 3* and higher and UNcheck everything that is below 3 stars
2) above the search results look for 'Sort by' and click the PRICE link... this will sort all results from lowest to highest
3) scroll thru the list and see where acceptable zones within Manhattan begin and you'll see the least expensive inside of Manhattan starts at $183 per nite (even though this may not be the best of locations)... consider scrolling to see where the pricing begins for more centrally located zones
NEXT repeat the above 3 steps in the HOTWIRE EASY VIEW tab.
I understand that you're interested in Name Your Own Price, but the exercise above will at least give you a realistic idea of what pricing is for your dates, with the star rating and zones that you are interested in.
If budget is not that flexible you can also consider some locations outside of Manhattan, such as Long Island City (or also potentially Brooklyn and/or Hoboken, Jersey City, etc) but it becomes a trade-off between budget and convenience, what type of experience you're looking for this trip, if you want your wife's first trip to be 'immersed' in Manhattan or commuting to get to the heart of the city, etc, etc.
Let us know your thoughts regarding flexibility in budget and how that plays out with the trade-off in location, star rating, etc and we'll take it from there.
Thanks for using the PRICELINE and HOTWIRE links on the board.