I'll be in Manhattan for the James Beard Awards May 2nd and 3rd, as well as lunch on the 4th. Since i'll be by myself I don't want to do anything such as Adour, Eleven Madison Park, etc. so i'd like to stay within a reasonable budget. I'd love to get some great dim sum and Chinese, brasserie fare, as well as DBGB. This is what I had in mind but i'd love some suggestions!
In no particular order....
Jean George (lunch)
Balthazar or Pastis (both favorites)
Bouchon Bakery (macaroooooons)
Katz Deli (gotta have pastrami...)
Crif Dog/PDT late night
I love french food, comfort food, and asian cuisine. I frequent NYC but usually its with a group so dining isn't always up to me. I've been to many of the 'big named' restaurant but i'd like to go to places that are more reasonable and fun - especially easy for someone to go by themselves.
All help is appreciated!!