Sorry if some have posted this before, but I just found
this message board today - it's terrific!
The way I rate goes like this:
Favorites are restaurants that are somewhat expensive
and that I would return to (or have returned to)
despite the high price.
Recommendations are restaurants that I would recommend
to friends to try out, but that I won't return to.
Typically, my feeling is that the food is a bit too
expensive for what the restaurant is serving.
Disappointments usually have the following problems:
not serving great quality food and particularly bad
service. Each of the restaurants in my disappointment
list have a story that accompanies them which would
describe why I would never return there and would try
to avoid having friends go there.
Favorites (in no particular order)
Lespinasse (Christian Delouvrier is incredible)
Daniel (I went before their big changes)
Sparks (my favorite tasting steaks in Manhattan)
Posthouse (my favorite steakhouse in Manhattan - less
pretentious than Sparks)
Restaurant 222 (went there about a year ago with wife
and friends and we thought it was incredible)
Bouley (I went there before it closed and reopened)
Gotham Bar and Grill
Would recommend to friends
Oceana (used to be a favorite but went downhill - now,
it's consistently good, but not great)
Hudson River Club
Union Square Cafe
Disappointments (again in no particular order)
Le Bernardin (it's good, but not great. However it
charges as if it were great)
La Grenouille (extremely disappointing)
Cafe Des Artistes