I will be visiting NYC for the first time from March 6-9. Will be staying somewhere in Manhattan (perhaps the Flatiron District), but not sure exactly where yet. I am looking for recommendations regarding:
1. Great steak--I know a lot of folks on the site are partial to Peter Luger but a trip to Brooklyn is probably not in the cards, plus we are looking for somewhere a bit more upscale (but not touristy). Would also like to avoid the large chains (e.g. Morton's). Places with a top-notch wine list are a plus. Perhaps BLT Prime? Also, how far in advance would a reservation be required for your recommended choice?
2. Asian--Authentic Asian food is one thing that is somewhat lacking in my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama (most of what we have, with Chinese in particular, is highly Americanized). In particular, any recs for Thai or Vietnamese that is both really good and authentic would be great (lunch or dinner). For sushi, I have heard great things about NOBU--is it worth the hype? Also, if we go there, is the omakase the way to go?
3. Breakfast/lunch with a local flavor--Regarding breakfast, I am looking for something on the lighter side rather than a place where they feed you so much that you don't have room for lunch (more in the nature of coffee and pastries). For lunch, I am thinking perhaps pizza (is Lombardi's the best in the area?) and hot dogs (is Gray's Papaya the top dog?). Any other lunch suggestions besides pizza and dogs would be appreciated, although I don't really have any interest in doing a Katz's Deli type of thing.
Many thanks in advance for any assistance you can provide this hungry southern boy.