I'm planning a trip from NYC to Portland, most likely in August and probably the week before Labor Day. I suspect the weather will be great then, but my question is whether there is any kind of tradition of restaurants closing during any part of August for vacation--as they sometimes do in Europe (and even certain restaurants with European owners in New York). Would it be a good time to visit the city? Thoughts? Suggestions for other times of year, or must-try dining experiences? I really haven't even started doing any research yet, but some of the restaurants I've heard have good word of mouth include
Lovely Hula Hands
and is Bread and Ink still a spot worth checking out? I remember eating there many years ago but don't know what it's like these days.