Just there this weekend and was again impressed by the following 3 places... I was not let down!
1)Doughnut Plant- these are just so good. They now have hot sugar sometimes, and they are incredible. Save room, but they're not that greasy or anything. Also good: cranberry and walnut! And have some hot chocolate while you're there.
2)Artisanal- Incredible main courses and apps and everything, but the cheese is what does it for me. Get the spoonable goat cheese. I don't remember what it's called, but you can find it.
3)Norma's- damn good. Went with large group, and everyone's was good. Especially the waz-za (sp?). JUST GO HERE.
Okay, too busy getting back into reality to discuss other places, but you New Yorkers need to know how lucky you are.