I'm going to be in Manhattan for a few days at the end of September and I've been doing some research about the best places to eat, and I'm now really confused by the enormous choice!
For reference, I'm not particularly interested in eating European food in New York, for obvious reasons, but I will make an exception for Italian. I can get great Indian at home. So what I'm really interested in is American, new American/fusion, Korean, Japanese, Chinese (in fact all things Asian, especially Bahn Mi, which is hard to find in the UK) and Mexican (I know NYC isn't the best place in America for this, but there's not much good Mexican in London). We will already have visited DC and the South (Staunton/Charleston/Savannah) so will probably have had enough soul food by then. In fact, lighter food might be a good idea!
Anyway, on the long (long) list.....
Katz's for pastrami (a must, I think)
Baougette / Saigon Grill / Bahn Mi San Voi
Peter Luger ( for the burger)
Russ and Daughters
Clinton Street Bakery
Sushi Yasuda / Sushi Azabu
Ippudo (for ramen)
Di Fara (I'm not sure I want to waste time on this when I live near a place that serves the best pizza in London but can't help but think that you need to have a "slice" while in NY. On my previous visit eons ago I went to Lombardis I think but wasn't overly impressed - too much cheese).
Babbo / Lupa
Cabrito / El Paso
Balthazar (I know I said no French!)
Eleven Madison Park
Spotted Pig (although I come from the land of the gastropub, I'm quite interested in the American take on it. But maybe not that interested).
I'd love some input on this. If it helps we'll be staying in Greenwich Village. I'm willing to spend $$$ on one blow-out meal, but as this is the end of an expensive 2.5 week trip, the more moderately priced would be good! Thank you.