As a DC Chowhound and semi-regular visitor and poster here, I thought I would do us DC'ers a service and visit a number of NYC's finer restaurants on my recent business trip up there (it's a tough job, but someone has to do it). Since this is off-subject for the DC board, I am only posting here the names of the restaurants that I visited; if you're interested in the actual review, I suggest you visit the NY board and read it there (don't want to be yelled at by the Powers That Be).
So, the list:
Esca (Mario Batali's seafood place in the theatre district);
Peter Luger (the ancient steak place, though in its Great Neck, LI, incarnation);
Craftbar (Tom Colicchio's new place);
Union Square Cafe (Danny Meyer's classic place);
Gramercy Tavern (Meyer & Colicchio's place).
Donations are being accepted to replenish the bank account after this extravaganza...