A foodie couple living in Seattle (born and raised in MD) and having been to New York several times wants to thank New York Chowhounds for all of the fantastic data...I now will begin adding to the Pacific Northwest board which will take quite a while...but I owe it to you all.
We always rent a 1BR apartment in Little Italy on Mulberry St and while, yes, it is extremely touristy, it provides a fantastic jump off to NOLITA, East and West Village, SOHO, Chinatown, Eastside, Gramercy Park, etc...
Long and short of it is that we visited over 30 bars/restaurants and were once again wishing we could have more time. Here is a brief synopsis of the highlights (in no order) but I have already forgotten more than I remember...next time I will poast as I go:
Florent: Not as good as 7 years ago, but still rocks.
Oyster Bar in Grand Central Station: stew/panroast and raw oysters/clams absolutely amazing. Make sure you sit at the counter where they prepare the stews/panroasts to order
Katz Deli in East Village: gi-normous pastrami sandwich
Molly's: burgers and onion rings and great service.
McSorley's for their ale and history
Bianca: Fried artichokes but extremely tight seating...DO NOT order a bottle of wine as they are way too expensive and they are out of most. Bar's on each side of the restaurant are very cool.
Joe's Pizza for a slice
Gray's Papaya for the hot dog's
H&H for the bagel
DiPalo for the cheese, prociutto/salami and antipasti selections
Lupa for Mario Batali experience
Florio for their cigars, calzone, and great conversation.
Keen's Steakhouse for their porterhouse (by the fire in the room next to the bar) and history.
Bread: Great salads and ambience.
German place next to Molly's: 70,000 christmas lights
Home Sweet Home in East Village: something completely wierd with stuffed animals and a great happy hour of a beer and a shot for $5.
Club 205 for the huka
Sammy's Roumania: Incredible experience...we felt like we were at a bad wedding with flourescent lighting..beautiful. The sweetbreads were really excellent.