Boston Chowhound recently visited New York. Wanted to give a quick report on impressions of places where we chowed:
Grimaldi's -- A tourist "must" is a walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, a stroll through Brooklyn Heights and the Promenade, and finishing with a divine pizza at this place -- it's almost under the bridge. I'm not sure whether it's really the best pizza in NYC (I have fond memories of so many slices of pizza in New York) but it was excellent. It's wood-fire grilled with a nicely crisp crust and the mozzarella cheese seemed to be a higher-than-usual grade. Atmosphere is pure NY. We went late afternoon (3pm-ish) and every table was taken.
Ice Cream: Have any Chowhounds checked out the great ice cream place down the street from Grimaldi's (right by the waterfront) and the stupendous viewpoint? They make their own ice cream, and their chocolate ice cream is really sinful.
Sea Grill -- Had Thanksgiving dinner there, on recs from this board. The seafood there was delectable -- loved the crab cakes appetizer and the skate -- skate was lightly herb-breaded, sauteed lightly -- it was incredibly light and tender. My companion ordered the turkey dinner and it was just so-so, but the place is a seafood restaurant, so I'm not holding it against them. Finally, dessert -- their chocolate valhrona cake was outrageous. Atmosphere -- definitely festive to be overlooking the Rockefeller ice rink. My only gripe is about the room itself -- some of the tables are very close together. Service was also spotty -- our waiter disappeared for long periods on end, and the reservation agent was flaky -- didn't fax me the Thanksgiving menu after I'd asked -- twice!
Corner Bistro -- Some friends took us to this joint in the West Village for a burger and beer. Seemed to be a tiny place that everyone knows about. They make a great basic burger - juicy, big, no yuppie additions. A cozy spot, too.