So my wife and I love nothing more than the amazing food in your amazing city. We come out there at least twice a year for 3 or 4 days and usually do nothing except walk/exercise/explore/eat/drink. Last visit we hit around 35 restaurants between Saturday AM and Monday PM (the usual trip duration).
The new caveat- we ate at Alinea a few months ago (not NYC, I know) and it forever cured us of wanting to do tasting menus. No longer worth the emotional/monetary/time investment in our eyes. We realized our favorite thing to do is sit a the bar, have a drink, a couple small plates, and get back out and continue exploring. I've been doing some research and found a lot of great places you've all recommended, just would love your input on any I've missed, or at least any with good a la carte menus (like WD-50, we went there last time and instead of the tasting menu just got 6 small plates and got stuffed for less than the price of one tasting menu!)
So where south of 90th (we're staying right by Columbus Circle) are your faves right now? I absolutely love the Kaiseki at Kyo Ya, it was one of the best meals I've ever had, and am looking at Corton and Jung Sik, but am not sure either does a la carte.
My current interest list:
Bistro Moderne (Thanksgiving at the bar, at an odd hour like 3pm)
Thank you x 1,000,000 for your input!!!