Austin Hound in NYC this April with friends. Entire long weekend goal of sampling the most unique and/or very very best. On past trips we really loved:
City Bakery - what a great place.
WD-50 - liked the small space, risk with the menu and execution. Really good in spite of the hype.
Union Pacific (right before Rocco won F&W Best Chef and soon went hollywood on us)
Quilty's (yeah, I know its since long closed)but was great back in '97 or so.
Babbo, Gramercy Tavern,
Annisa (perfect small room, very professional yet warm service, fantastic food without any pretentiousness).
So...........looking for some true insider tips. Who's really doing spectacular things with food - above or below the radar screen??