In preparation for 12 weeks in Manhattan this summer, I'm trying to put together a list of 12 restaurants to try in NYC. I don't take it too seriously; it's just something I'm doing to learn about restaurants and get excited for moving. As you'll see, what I currently have is skewed towards higher-end restaurants, but not exclusively. It also skews towards Manhattan restaurants, but not exclusively. (Hope that's okay on this board!!)
My current list is in the order in which I'd like to try them. Again, I'm not really serious about that; it's just to make the game harder.
Places that were considered (should any of them be promoted?):
wd-50, Dawat, AquaGrill, Fatty Crab, Grand Sichuan International, Blue Hill, Anthos, Bar Boulud, Cheburechnaya, Amy Ruth's, Great New York Noodletown, L'atelier, Jean Georges, Gramercy Tavern, Craft, Masa.
Places to which I have already been that could belong on a similar list:
Absolute Bagels, Grimaldi, Megu (I loved it when I went two years ago. Has it fallen out of fashion already?) Carnegie Deli, Corner Bistro, Steak Shack, Momofuku Ssam Bar, Gray's Papaya.
What places seem strange on my list (or on my list of reserves)? Is it weird that I have Gordon Ramsay on the list but not Jean Georges or ...? Is Sushi Yasuda reasonable for my only Japanese restaurant? I had never heard of it till I started doing research here.... Most importantly, what places are missing?!
I like "institutions" and places with lively atmospheres. When I read a review that says "I don't like Restaurant X because it is too crowded", I take that as a big endorsement of Restaurant X.