I'm going home today to California after 7 terrific chowhound days in New York. Spent most but not all of my time in the West Village/Meatpacking district. My favorite spots included:
202 in the Chelsea Market. Simple, spare British inspired breakfast items in this cafe/clothing store from Notting Hill.
Bubby's: fabulous Sunday brunch in Tribeca. Top ingredients in noisy, kid-friendly local favorite.
Momofuku ssam bar: pork buns are flat, fluffy and folded like a tortilla around thick slices of pork belly -- no shredded pork in these. Fun, casual and innovative.
BLT: fresh, unfussy food focused on top locally sourced ingredients. Pig in a blanket amuse bouche was a great touch. Surprisingly casual in the super unscale Ritz Carlton Central Park South.
The Spotted Pig: Shared a Cuban sandwich with an apple and cheddar salad. Regular West Village stop.
The Little Owl: Fulfilled its rep as an intimate, fresh and unpretentious spot with delicious food. Will go back often.
Perilla: Like The Little Owl, straightforward but inventive food served without hype or pretense. "Cheek of the day" special was very special.
Drinks: Avoided eating at the large Meatpacking emporiums but did sample these places for drinks.
Hotel Gansevoort roof lounge: Terrific hotel location with great sunset views. But, disappointing drinks, service and decor. Jammed with European tourists.
Morimoto: fun scene, but just ok for drinks. Hi tech bathrooms were the highlight.
Del Posto: more formal and not really a bar to visit. Just a stop while you wait for dinner.
Buddhakan: favorite theatrical space for drinks. Fun people watching.
Pastis: mega-hectic but quite fun. Can't have a conversation but can enjoy looking around at the vibrant crowd.
Rusty Knot: tiny brand new offshoot of The Spotted Pig. Hard to find on West 11th at the Westside Highway. A hoot -- a tongue in cheek take on a fisherman's bar meeting Trader Vics. Juke Box, pool table with peal and eat shrimp. Had a Mai Tai in a tiki bar ceramic glass. By far my favorite place for drinks.
That's it. I need a diet.
Given my likes/dislikes, any additional Chowhound recommendations for places I missed in New York? Can't wait to come back.