If you could set up a perfect meal from all the restaurants you've been to in your entire life, what would it be, and what restaurant? Let's have a soup or salad, appetizer, entree, the best side dish and dessert. Some of these might seem silly.
For the table - Carmella's that used to be where Spiga is now on Central Ave used to have pretty subpar food, but they baked their own bread, and it was fantastic. People used to call up and order the bread all the time. I don't know why it was so good, but this was amazing. I'd have to say this bread would be the best thing to nibble on before a big meal.
Salad - There was a salad served at Gage & Tollner's in Brooklyn when I was younger that was out of this world. It was served with a dressing that was almost a cocktail sauce. It was outstanding. .runner-up would be Outback's chopped salad w/blue cheese and pecan salad.
Appetizer - the escargot at Le Cheval Blanc in Brooklyn. I doubt the place is still there, but I skipped the main course and ordered two orders of their escargot. Runner up would be the slab bacon or beefsteak tomatoes at Peter Luger's.
Main Course - Without a doubt would be Luger's Porterhouse w/ a side of sauteed spinach. I'd probably throw a baked potato in, but I said one side. Runner up would be the Duck L'Orange at the Town Tavern in Bronxville. It's now JC Fogarty's and doesn't have anything close to what the TT had. This duck was so perfectly cooked. Crisp skin, succulent meat, the orange flavor that didn't overpower. Amazing.
Dessert - I'm not much of a dessert person, so this is the hardest for me. I normally don't even order dessert. I'd have espresso and maybe some Bailey's or a McCallen's, maybe even some Port. Plus, after sinking my teeth into a nice salad, galicky escargot, and a juicy steak, why would I want to ruin it with a sweet ending?