Thought it might be interesting to see which places non-NYC-based Chowhounds revisit. Some places revisited by non-NYC-based Chowhounds may be quite different from the recs made most frequently to first time visitors, and quite different from the places locals tend to revisit.
I visit Toloache pre-Broadway show whenever I'm planning to take in a show. I also get at least one Balthazar sticky bun, and usually a Doughnut Plant donut, on any visit. I visit Joe the Art of Coffee at least once any time I'm in NYC. I try to visit Kalustyan's on every trip.I often pick up a black and white cookie at Dean and Deluca to take home with me on the plane or train, for old time's sake.