I posted last week looking for places to eat on my trip from Baltimore, and got some great responses. I never did get my crepes, but did make it to two of the suggested restaurants.
Uncle Nicks on 9th is fantastic. Sunday night I had a lamb kabob, and my gf had the gyros. We also had stuffed grape leaves and a huge greek salad. This will be one of my regular stops when in Manhattan.
We also made it to 2nd Avenue Deli on Monday while shopping. I had a corned beef on rye, and it was one of the best sandwiches I have ever had. My gf had the blintzes, choosing a blueberry, a cheese, and a cherry. The cheese was excellent, but the light and delicious pastry was wasted on the fruit, which was standard canned fruit filling.
After trekking all over the village shopping on Monday, we were too tired to go far for food. We got takeout from Trattoria Rino on 52nd and 8th, near our hotel. My gf had the cheese ravioli, which was a smallish portion of pretty standard pasta. I had what's apparently their signature dish, Pappardella Salsa Aurora: wide flat noodles with artichokes and shallots in a rose cream sauce. It was tasty enough, but not something I'd make a special trip for.
The reason for our trip was the David Bowie concert at the Roseland on Tuesday. The after party was at the Hard Rock Cafe, and since it was close to midnight we were starving. This marked my first trip to any of them. Even though there is one in Baltimore, I prefer good food to theme silliness. Still, as low as my expectations were, the Hard Rock managed to disappoint. I at least expected something as good as a Chilis or TGI Fridays, but a cheeseburger on a stale roll with an anemic portion of disappointing fries was even less than I expected. I see lines out the door at the one in Baltimore, and it's evidently an extremely successful franchise, something that give me little hope for American tastes. Sure, it's a tourist joint, but New York and even Baltimore have so much to offer everyone that I fail to see how they stay in business.
In any event, it was a great, if tiring trip. I very much appreciate your help.