Two Cents Wanted! The best of the best!
LA chowhounder will be visiting NYC for the first time next month for 5 days. I have scoured the NY board and have consulted some New Yorkers on where the must eats are. I have a list of places I would like yays or nays on. Your opinion matters! Other recommendations in addition to this is appreciated. I'll be staying at the W in Union sqaure for a few nights then moving in the Affinia 50, off E 50th street, but I will venture anywhere for a good meal.
Conditions? I plan to spend two evenings at an upscale restaurant (under $100 a person, not Per Se astronomical). The rest of the time I would like to sample New Yor City's best dives, casual eateries, and hole in the walls (anywhere up to $30 a person). L.A. has Asian and Latin cuisines covered, so not interested in those recs. I simply want to eat what New York is uniquely known for: Pizza, Deli's, Italian (LA's Italian is terrible), Cheesecake and desserts, Bagels (and lox) - or any great breakfast, food stands and stalls, anything else I should know about? Any recs for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. If this is too broad of a request, kindly let me know and I'll tighten the requirements.
From what I've gathered already from the board, Little Italy has the worst Italian food (akin to LA's Chinatown and Japantown LOL), Babbo is the fine dining restaurant to be at, Aqua Grill is good and Russ and Daughters is the best Jewish deli in town.
Feel free to also comment on the restauants suggested to me. I have not a clue whether these recs are decent or not. Also any bar recs are appreciated (30ish crowd):
Lombardi's - recommended by a New Yorker
Una Pizza Napoletana (Heard this place was ovverrated and not very good. True?)
Il Laboratorio del Gelato
Peter Lugars (Brooklyn)
Thanks a ton!!!