I am going to NYC for several days around New Year's
and am trying to compile my restaurant list and make reservations as necessary.
Ideally, I'd like to try four-five places, at which I would be willing to make a reservation and spend a bit as necessary, for lunch or dinner.
My criteria are: 1) food quality 2) wine list 3) service 4) ambiance, in that order. I'm not averse to eating in the 'cafe', 'bar' or other 'annex' of a main restaurant if it's basically the same food, same chef scenario. They don't all have to meet all four criteria but they should meet at one of the first three! And if it's a total, cheap dive in a with fantastic food - then that's fine too.
I'd like to try: 1 French; 1 Italian; 1 "eclectic" or creative; 1 "American"; and 1 other
I'm saving the 'rooms with a view' for drinks only unless someone advises that there's a place where great food can be had while gazing over city lights.
Howler seems to the be the only one who really dissed Tabla in a big way...his anti-fusion argument is interesting but I'm willing to overlook the philosophy if the food is superb. Question is whether I'd be just as happy (and get away more cheaply!) by eating at the bar, and therefore I wouldn't 'use up' my 'eclectic/creative' allocation.
Lupa seems a good bet on the Italian...French & American & other wild cards. I'm thinking USC or Gramercy Tavern? Can anyone comment on American Place?
Has anyone been to the Russian Tea Room lately?