I just moved to NYC from London after years of coming here on business.
In London Kaifeng was by far my favourite (kosher) restaurant. I ordered in from them nearly every week. Sollys falafel and hummus is a close second.
In NYC I love Tevere (polla al marsala), but it has too many veal dishes for my tastes. I also love the steak au poivre at Le Marais (but had a couple of meals recently that were poor). I have been going to both for years.
Other than that I find Prime Grill ok (but not great), Abigaels was nice (but not wow), Solo was fine (but nothing special). Le Carne was so-so.
Am I missing any places that I should try? And how come Manhattan has no decent Chinese (meat) restaurant?