Over the past couple of weeks, I have visited several places, many at the recommendation of this board. Thoughts:
Otafuko (also known as "octopus ball place on E. 9th St.): I tried the shrimp okonomiyaki here, and was favorably impressed. I think I liked that better than the takoyaki.
Myers of Keswick: Oh, balm to my Anglophilic soul! Oh heaven! Oh Scotch Eggs and Hobnobs!
Murray's cheese: Lovely selection, lovely service. Didn't mind that I only wanted a "Very Small" slice of Stilton (had to spread it on my hobnobs)
Patisserie Claude: I tried their eclairs, which tasted of God forbid! MOCHA! No French patissier worth his salt would sully the pure chocolatey goodness of chocolate eclairs with mocha. I am a purist, having conducted an empirical study of the best chocolate eclairs in Paris (winners were Gerard Mulot on the Rue de Seine for classic and Cacao et Chocolat on the Ile St. Louis for CHOCOLATENESS!) The choux pastry was very good though, and the apricot tart I tried was very good, though a little sweeter than most I've found in Paris
Pearl Oyster Bar: Had raw oysters and clam chowder, my friend had the lobster roll. I wasn't as impressed as I thought I would be, but it was a good meal, and the French fries were to die for.
Having eaten all this, I decided to go on a diet, and headed over to the salad bar at
Healthy Pleasures (on Broome St. in Soho, also on University place nr. Union Sq.) This is the best salad bar I have seen in New York. Baked salmon, grilled chicken breast, corn and kale salad, organic greens, carrot and haricot salad. Everything was fresh and beautiful and delicious.
Cucina di Cuzco (Ave. A bet 2nd and 3rd St.) This was a discovery I made last night, and we had a great dinner. I shared the Ceviche mixto (a huge portion of squid, octopus, shrimp, and whitefish for $11) and half the rotisserie chicken (half a chicken with an enormous plate of roasted/fried yuca was $6.50). Both were excellent, and the plaintain chips were served with this great cilantro lime sauce that also enhanced the yuca. Nice ambience, good service, good food great value. Stay away from the cocktails, though. The Mojito was anything but, and tasted primarily like slightly minty sugar syrup.