Thanks all who helped me plan the eating portion of this past weekend's NYC trip.
Where we ate, in chronological order:
Jacque Torres - had the wicked hot choc.and an almond pastry. both were very good, although I still think I prefer City Bakery. I thought the chocolate prices were reasonable.
Dean and Deluca - makes me tear up to go in. such beautiful food. I ate Fluer Vert and foie gras mousse w/ a ciabatta and honestly, it may have been the most rapturous moment of the trip. Balthazar valhrona bread for dessert.
Sumile - beautiful little restaurant. We three shared braised shrimp in tomato-horseradish broth, oysters, fluke, burnt octopus salad, scallops & sweetbreads, cod w spinach, and black bass . I've forgotten what came w/ the bass (maybe a leak puree?) because the bass itself was so fabulous. Everything was fantastic, but the oysters shirmp and black bass were the best things. The chef came by the table and talked to us a couple of times. He was quite charming and, seemed to genuinely enjoy the flattery when I asked for his autograph. Oh, and we choose the Marsanne, it was good.
Daniel - we skipped dessert at Sumile and headed uptown to Daniel for dessert. I met the now famous Marcus Draxler we enjoyed all the desserts in the chocolate section of the menu. Of course, the Madelines were warm and divinely pleasurable to eat. We almost inhaled them. They gave us some gorgeous petit fours to finish. (were those Torres chocolates?) Boulud stopped by the table as well, and I imagine I embarrassed everybody by how thrilled I was. (I had to stop on the champagne at that point, even though our waiter showed up at the table w/ an opened bottle....bummer)
Babbo - Thanks all who helped me figure out how to get 3 people in on a 2 person reservation. When I called to confirm the day before they denied my 3 person request once again. I showed up w/ 3, de-coated, fought my way to the maitre d (not the OBJ), and reached out my $20-clutching hand to shake and beg. He deftly avoided the shake but did not embarrass me. When I said I've brought another friend, he said "so there will be 3 instead of 2?" and that was the last said about it. We had our table in 5 minutes.
We had the pasta tasting menu. Everything was very good as expected, but I would not do that again. Too much of the same thing. A couple of the pasta sauces were a little too rich for my liking, although delicious. The first course was tagliatelle w/ parsnips and lardons. It was spectacular, but the rest of the courses never quite matched up to it.
More thanks to everyone who made wine recommendations. I did indead "save" some money elsewhere w/ plans to try one of the bottles recommended, but in the end, we went w/ the pairings, and were not disappointed. The waiter (or sommelier or maitre d...they took turns) really took their time in describing the wines, and each was distinctive. It was the first time I had Amorone.
The saffron panna cotta was the memorable dessert, and whatever the sauce was (very dark caramel w/ coffee maybe?) with the chocolate dessert was a stand out as well.
Michaelangelo Hotel - Guess what? The "free" breakfast w/ my all-time-record-price hotel room had a $7 surcharge if you wanted orange juice. Wow.
John's pizza - It was good. You get tired of having to think about your food after a while. They kindly wrapped slices individually in foil so I could wake my husband when I made it home and feed him pizza.
Thanks all, love your city.