My gorgeous wife and I have the good fortune of spending a full week dedicated to food in Manhattan this September. We are pretty well acquainted with the city (former residents, way back in a previous life), and are dedicated food lovers.
One of the splurges we'll indulge in while there are 3 or 4 all-out lunches. In our experience, the best way to enjoy a truly great restaurant is to go for lunch. Less crazy, less expensive, and still fantastic food. Besides, nothing quite says 'vacation' like a 2-3 hour lunch with wine and many delectable courses.
We have quite the list, and one of the spots currently is Le Bernardin. My question here however (before we start making ressies), is the following: What is the best seafood restaurant in Manhattan? Price not an issue, but we're not necessarily stuck on expensive. A healthy selection of our favorites are mom and pop dives (love goes a long way). All suggestions very much appreciated. With a bit of luck we'll even hit two great seafood spots while there.