We're from New Orleans, have visited 20+ times, but the most recent visits have been w/ teenagers, so we're a little out of touch.
The other couple is from the Midwest (Minneapolis) and have never been to New York, so they're looking to us for recommendations (they love our New Orleans haunts).
We're all fairly "mainstream" in our food likes/dislikes, but not afraid to be adventurous (just not into "trendy")
We'd like at least 3 or 4 really fairly upscale meals, esp. something we don't get in New Orleans (and in addition to the Creole/Cajun variations that everyone thinks of, New Orleans does have decent steakhouses as well as pretty good Vietnamese, sushi, and Thai.)
I'm trying to pare down the list from these initial contenders, but welcome other suggestions:
David Burke & Donatella
Nanni (it's an old favorite of ours)
Pearl Oyster Bar
Other suggestions solicited :
--Sunday Brunch (Balthazar?)
--a couple of less expensive meals (we'll probably do Katz Deli for one of them..
--A Chinatown suggestion (personal Chinese preferences include one or more of the following: good duck, dim sum, or Szcheuan/Sichuan).
--A Mexican restaurant recommendation, but please not the ground beef red sauce style restaurants that dots the landscape around here. We like more of the Veracruz/Baja style Mexican or Puebla-style dining.
--Room w/ a View ? I don't think the other couple would take the plunge for River Cafe'. Thinking of Rainbow Room Grill or Arthur's Landing or _____?
--Bakeries; God, we don't have any bakers in New Orleans and we love the breads, pastries, muffins (and bagels) in NYC.. Esp. would love some suggestions for bakeries on UWS or UES.
My wife will be back in April with one daughter, so any place we don't get to on this visit will go to the top of her list for Spring.
Thanks so much