Many thanks for the response to my Italian restaurant question for the Union Square/Village area as well as Irish bars. My wife and I spent 4 nights staying in Murray Hill about 4 blocks from Grand Central which turned out to be an excellent and fairly quiet location.
Breakfast and lunches turned out to be just wherever we were at the time, nothing special, mostly for convenience. Breakfast at Sarge's Deli, lunch at the Brookfield Place while visiting One World Trade Center, lunch in the Village with our son before his work shift and another lunch near the Guggenheim. The Guggenheim was a true travel day, the circular walkway exhibits were closed for display changeover. We came all the way so entered anyway at a discounted rate. So we figured we'd make the best of it and have bagels and lox at Barney Greengrass but when we got there by taxi they were closed for Jewish holiday (we're not Jewish obviously). Just went with the flow and ended up at Le Pain Quotidien before walking around midtown.
Sunday dinner was at Da Andrea, a nice neighborhood place serving good food at a reasonable price. We arrived on Sunday evening after 8:00 and were seated right away. We started with the prosciutto and fresh baked buns followed by spaghetti bolognese, sausage pappardelle and penne with eggplant. Everything was delicious, a very solid meal.
Our second dinner was at Hatsuhana sitting at the sushi counter. We had previously eaten here having their box of dreams, so thought we would try the sushi bar. It was excellent! The chef explained in Japanese to my wife the different parts of the fish he was cutting from and why. The chuo toro, hamachi belly, tai neck, saba, uni, aji, hirame, salmon skin handrolls and crab cucumber handrolls were all delicious. Well worth it and the most expensive dinner of this trip.
For our after theater late night dinner, I suggested Molly's Sheeben but was overruled by my son who wanted Korean bbq. We ended up at New Wonjo near midnight and were well rewarded with a great meal. Grilling kalbi, pork ribs and bulgogi over charcoal was fun combined with all the banchan which they filled twice for us made for a great meal with cold beer. A real keeper for us and open 24 hours.
Our last dinner was with family at the Knickerbocker Bar and Grill near NYU as it was a convenient meeting point for everyone. A nice, very popular neighborhood place, it was packed on a week night. We had the crab cakes, grilled shrimp and herb chicken skewers and the skirt steak. Good service and solid but not spectacular food, it was a wonderful get together with family.
Thanks again for all your help, we had a great visit and can't wait to return.