Feedback from my trip to NY last week based on hound tips. Thanks for all the help
1) Super 8. Probably the highlight which also happened to be our first meal:the spicy beef noodles were incredible. not sure what cut the beef was but I think it may have been shin. Utterly utterly delicious and a wonderful texture. Layers and layers of flavour and the chilli kick was just perfect. The broth was unimaginably good - intense, light and delicious.
2) Dim sum Go Go - a good lunch, great value altho didn't realise there was no cart service which is half the fun. As others have commented there are probably better places outside manhattan but this was a good choice with friendly service and decent dim sum
3) Balthazar. we were unsure whether to take the early booking at 6.30pm or go for a walkin. In the end we took the early booking and I strongly recommend you do this as it was completely packed when we turned up. our experience was flawless and totally outstanding - great attentive service, not too pushy and the food was excellent. Started with some I think they were called blue point or blue bay oysters - delicious! next up sea scallop risotto with asparagus and morels - really well done, all the flavours stood up to eachother and perfect consistency which given the numbers the kitchen was doing was amazing. acc to our server they can do up to 800 covers on a friday/sat night. the tuesday we were there, it was a mere 500! my wife had the grilled octopus with chickpeas , lemon and cumin - really tender and again excellent. to follow she had a fillet of monkfish wrapped in bacon with leeks and a bordelaise sauce- perfectly balanced and beautifully cooked. Ditto my "bar" steak, not a term we have in the UK but I think it was flank - great flavour and texture. we finished with a apple and almond tart which came with superb ice cream - I cannot recall a more satisfying meal and sadly the likes of balthazar are far and few between. If you are in London and interested in a similar restaurant, i would recommend Le cafe anglais , lovely art deco feel and a tremendous winelist on a par with balthazar's - newly opened in queensway. same approach with wonder ful hors d'oeuvres and fabulous spit roasting operation. It is not as accomplished as balthazar but definitely worth a try.
4) Katz - as advertised. really, really good experience, an incredible place, it should be compulsory for everyone to go there. fantastic people-watching, amazing atmosphere and the pastrami on rye was one of the most perfectly delicious things I have tasted. Sublime. as recommended, it is a good idea to share one sandwich between two people if you want to continue eating on the tour and have room for supper!
5) Sushi Yasuda - food-wise spot on, tried some new things all of which were excellent - crispy eel backbone anyone? try the plum wine as an aperitif . service a bit pushy.
6) Degustation - not my favourite way of having a meal but I wanted to give it a go and I am glad I did - the problem I find is there is just not quite enough on the plate to satisfy a greedy appetite! it is obvious the chef wesley genovart can cook. Watching the dishes being prepared in front of you was quite entertaining and the chefs were as cool as you like. the highlights were the poached egg with chorizo and asparagus - there was alot going on in this dish but it was beautifully balanced as were all the dishes actually and all the flavours bounced along well together. other highlights were the mushroom salad with "lamb bacon" (not sure what the dill was doing in there) but a terrific plateful as was the suckling pig which was so good I had to place a second order.