I pretty much stopped eating out in NYC because of the number of times I left good, well-reviewed restaurants hungry. I'm not a large person; rather I'm a skinny marathoner but I have the metabolism of the hummingbird. Last time I checked, one pursues a sit-down meal in a restaurant to be fed. Call me crazy but this is still my goal. I've decided to try again. I feel like such a failure when friends come to town ready to eat, and I can't suggest anything.
Type of cuisine: Any except vegetarian.
Portions: I want to eat a lot over a long period of time. Dinner should last 45 min at least. No one should be hurrying me out. This is offensive. I should have the option of taking home a doggy bag.
Neighborhoods: Lower Manhattan, brownstone Brooklyn, Queens close to transit
I know I can find various buffets in this price range (Jackson Heights comes to mind) but I'm kind of over them. I want made-to-order meals from actual restaurants. Nothing has to be fancy, just solid good eating.
Any ideas or should I give up on eating out in this city?