In preparation for a visit to your fair city last week, I reviewed +/- a month's worth of Manhattan Chowhound posts...the information was very solid; many of the comments I read here on your local site helped us make decisions about where to go in the time we had available...thanks...
FYI, we had beautiful meals at Bouley [3 course prix fixe lunch, and best bottle of wine of the trip], Cafe Boulud, and Le Bernadin [best dessert of the trip--a hazelnut, chocolate mousse Napolean]...CraftBar, the smaller, more casual sibling to Craft, served us a fine lunch [which included a nicely roasted rabbit]...sushi at Blue Ribbon--while made with very fresh fish--lacked the artistry that I usually associate with sushi preparation and presentation...enjoyed 71 Clinton as well, but the above meals were more memorable...we have virtualy no cuban places in the SF area, so we made a point of having lunch at Cafe Habana; I don't know if it's authentic, but it was good.
In San Francisco, and on the SF Chowhound board, you hear the plaintiff cries of transplanted New York'ers who miss their thin crust NY-style pizza...we had pizza a couple of times during our visit, and while it was good, I have to say that it didn't match the hype...just one 'hound's opinion...
Finally, one word for all of you denizens of NYC...don't take for granted the late hours that your bars and restaurants keep...in the SF bay area, many restaurants stop seating diners by 10:00 or 10:30; a few might serve until midnight or so...by law, bars close at 2:00am...it is a real pleasure to be able to go out after the theatre or a show and have something to eat...hope you appreciate it...
Thanks for the info...you folks have a great little town.
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