I'm coming to NYC for 3 days in March and want to try places totally new to me. Several friends have made several restaurant recommendations focusing on the following 4 places:
* Basta Pasta: Japan meets Italy in the Flatiron District
* Nougatine: Jean Georges' more casual place at the Trump Int'l Hotel, Columbus Circle
* Maze: less formal end of the London Hotel, midtown
* Casa Mono: Mario Batali's tapas bar at Irving Place.
Any chowhound thoughts and comments on these places?
Also, I've been waiting for the Standard Hotel to open in the Meatpacking District. Is it ready for a bar visit?
Thanks for your recommendations.