This post is not about reviewing (you'll find MANY on these restaurants if you do a search), it is about how I spent two nights of bliss eating at first Babbo and then Sushi Yasuda. Either of these restaurants shine on their own merit, but by putting the two together I was transported to gastrinomic heaven and once again reminded that New York is the greatest culinary mecca in the world.
The amazing thing about the NY food scene is that it represents ethnic food on so many levels, that the cuisine transends into its own unique entity. You can almost disregard "new American" (although it is the medium of many talented Chefs), what is more important is sum of the parts. We have everything from the French masters Daniel and Jean-Georges to Tom Valenti and Grey Kunz to Marcus Samuelsson and Wiley Dufrensce(sp?) - but what is maybe more important is Chinatown, amazing Sushi restaurants, corner bistro's, Indian, Moroccan, Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, African and just about any cuisine you can imagine. When combined, cultures cross, and for one moment in time, we can all live happily as one.
Sorry to rant, but amazing food should envoke passion and thought - THANK GOD I live in the Big Apple and if there is truly Nirvana I think I'll find it here.