I did a lot of reading before heading up for my annual trip, unfortunately shorter than normal this year...but as always had some great meals.
Finally, I made it to The Red Cat, after years of wanting to go, and we loved it. Loved everything, the ambiance, the decor, the service, the food. We tried fontina and roasted garlic served in a little cast iron skillet, a heirloom tomato and mozzerella salad, crispy atlantic char with endive-shallot marmalade, the shell steak w/yukon gold, fennel, and rosemary aioli--which my husband said was 1 of the best staks he's had, and the chocolate mousse layer cake. All was great.
We also went to Crispo, which seems much-debated here, since my husband is always looking for good Italian when we come to the city. Service was friendly & casual, but not as sharp as most NYC spots. We loved the antipasto section and tried the tomato parmesan toasts & the risotto balls. I had the rigatoni amatriciana and hubby had a great veal marsala, the mushrooms were so rich and juicy with wine. Our teenage neice, is going through a phase of not really eating but loved her first-ever polenta and the cauliflower.
On the 3rd night, after a long day at the Open, we went to Lucy Latin Kitchen. Hubby found it too stuffy but the rolls were superb-something Columbian with cornmeal, the hamachi ceviche was heavenly, and my duck was delicious as well...didn't that used to be something else but also Latin??? I could have sworn I've eaten there before.