I've now imbibed the tastiest rabbit dish on the planet, and I've had more than my share. It was at man ray (all lower case, very chic), the new hot Scene on West 15th between 6th and 7th Aves. Everything leading up to the rabbit was quite special, but nothing could have prepared me for the intensity of flavor of the roasted rack and saddle that came at me. It was like having a whole new meat--or rather, it was like the first time I tasted foie gras: Everything around me tuned out, and I tore into that rabbit as if I'd become a ravenous cave man. For one thing, the chef--one Fédéric Kieffer--roasts the rabbit medium rare, with extremely tender results. And he plates it with mustard spaetzle and chanterelles--the ménage à trois.
If you like rabbit, fight your way through the entertainment-industry crowd at this place. Make anyone with you order the same thing, though, because you won't want to share one bite!