Good day all,
I'll be visiting New York the first week of September. My home is in Toronto. I am coming alone and will be staying at the West Side YMCA (West 63rd St.). I am looking for recommendation on places to eat that would be reasonable for a single diner.
I have a decent amount of money to spend since I saved on accommodations -- any suggestion is welcome on that front. I'm going to the Gug, to MOMA, to the MMFA and then for a drive through the city on my last day. Suggestions mostly in Manhattan would be preferred -- but, I'm not stuck on any particular location in Manhattan. Cabs are cheap in NYC (I know, not as cheap as last year though).
As for specific requests:
I am particularly looking for seafood recommendations to take advantage of being closer to the coast. Last time I was in NYC I went to Mary's Fish Camp and it was very good with excellent food, prices and service. I would certainly go again (and might). Part of why I went to Mary's was for their Fried Clams as I had look on Chowhound looking for recs. for traditional fried whole belly-clams. Mary's clams were good -- but they were light-fried in a tempura style batter. I'm looking for more traditional Maritime style (Shediac-style) fried clams -- usually battered and crumbed and then fried. So, a seafood place with a maritime/new england style and fried clams on the menu.
I am also looking for a recommendation for Mexican. Toronto has most every ethnicity covered; but, our Mexican options leave something to be desired (the only good places is so painfully slow I don't go to it).
I enjoyed eating at The Modern in the MOMA last time. I doubt I'd like to do it alone though. Someplace a little livelier with a similar, classic 'noveau French' menu and nice white wines (Rhineland Reislings preferred) by the glass. Please, somewhere with either a torchon of Foie or other Foie on the menu. I hope this is obtainable.
If there was a good Northern, Yunannese or Sichaun Chinese restaurant that serves portions appropriate for a single diner. There is tons of Cantonese places in Toronto and I have found a few northern and sichaun places -- but, none that portion appropriately for single diner. Heck, I'd probably take really good Cantonese that fit the bill too.
Japanese that is different that I could get in Toronto. Either someplace serving top-notch Kaiseki or a very good sushi place with an interest in fresh fish (and not just the usual stuff too).
Anywhere else you're dying to recommend for my situation.
Thank you all for your time and efforts. I will post back on where I go when I return.