There is a lot of discussion going on here about high end dining, but what I love about New York are those hidden gems without hype, where I can go without having to reserve a month in advance or wait for an hour in line, have my credit card whimper, and that serve excellent food. A few favorites below - list yours with name, cuisine, location.
The Little Prince - French - SoHo
Cacio e Pepe - Italian - East Village
EN - Japanese - West Village