Spent six days recently in NYC on business, and tried to squeeze in as much good chowing as possible. Thanks again to this board for advice.
Atelier - The Best! Loved the service, food, everything. Superb risotto, scallops, lamb. Was knocked out by the pear and the chocolate dessert samplers. Found the cheese course excellent. Only the famous "roast lobster" was a mild disappointment. Would go again in a minute.
Bouley- had the four course lunch tasting. Very nice, very smooth, but as has been reported here, a certain feeling of going through the motions. No attempt to dazzle. Enjoyed it. Wouldn't rush back.
Park Avenue Cafe - revisiting an old Sunday brunch fave after about five years, I found it still pleasant, but the prices are getting obscene, and the service was a bit too collegiately klutzy to go with the tariff.
Angus McIndoe - an ace theatre district restaurant, whether you;re looking for a great burger or something more upscale. I had a swordfish au poivre that was next to the Atleier menu as the best thing I had all week. Love the feel of the place.
Blue Smoke - Had the rib sampler. Found it better than other NY barbecue I've tasted (Virgil's, Pearson's, etc.) but not up to the best of the South. Liked the overall vibe, though.
Carl's Cheesesteaks - Okay, it's an experience. Crowded, noisy, messy. I honestly don't think the cheesesteaks are as good as in the Reading Market in Philly, but it's a fun novelty.
Famiglia Pizza - 8th Avenue, 43-44. Dropped in a for a quick slice when jammed for time before a matinee and was nicely surprised. High quality ingredients, decent crust, large choice of good pizzas by the slice. Don't make it a destination, but not bad in a pinch.