After reading this message board religiously for the past year, I thought I would chime in with some of my favorite restaurants and dishes in Manhattan...
Italian: 'inoteca (cheese plates, truffled egg toast) and Vespa (homemade pasta-UES)
Pizza: Totonoos (margherita with fresh garlic); best slice is the place on the Northeast corner of 33rd and 3rd Avenue (margherita with proscuitto)
Indian: Chola (Ragara, Mirapakai Kodi chicken), Brick Lane Curry House, Bukhara Grill (lunch buffet), Vatan, Tabla (crab cake appetizer)
American: Penelope (spinach artichoke dip & Nutella stuffed french toast); Blue Ribbon in the W. Village
Brunch: Clinton Street Baking Company (pancakes with amazing butter maple syrup), Penelope (see above), Great Jones
Chinese: Shanghai (garlic shrimp and juicy pork/crab dumplings)
French: Cafe D'Alsace (goat cheese tartine)
Upscale Mexican: Pampano
Mexican: Los Dos Molinos and Mexico Radio
Mediterranean: Beyaglu (vegetarian sampler)
I'm still in search of a decent Thai restaurant in Manhattan. Any suggestions for spicy authentic Thai?