Thanks so much for all your wonderful recommendations for our 5 night foodfest while we were in town from L.A.
First night, it was Babbo, where we ordered the traditional tasting menu. Although everything was fabulous, the pastas were the real standouts, and we found ourselves wishing we'd ordered the pasta tasting menu instead, which is what we'll do if we ever go back. Second night was Oceana, where friends joined us, and they knew the owner. In addition to the 7 course tasting menu, they brought us about 4 or 5 other freebies, including 3 different desserts, and everything was to die for! It took us 4 hours to eat dinner, and it was just amazing! Third night was Gramercy Tavern front room. Oysters were delightful, my dinner was good, but not steller as now I can't remember what I had. Hubby had the chicken and it was just ordinary, despite Chowhound plugs. Loved the cheeses, though.
Next night it was db Bistro - very good but not outstanding. Last night, Aquagrill and I was in heaven with the seafood plateau, hubby was less enthralled. It comes with a dozen oysters of your choice if you pay the difference for the more expensive ones, plus half dozen clams on half shell, mussels, shrimp, lobster, and delicious little periwinkles, which we'd never had before. All this was not cheap, $75, but I thought it was worth the price. Quality and dipping sauces were exceptional. We also split two more appetizers which I enjoyed more than my hub. My only true disappointment was having lunch at Katz's Deli. Having been raised at Jewish delis in L.A., I didn't think the pastrami was anything great. We wanted to try the brisket but the waiter steered us away from it. Pastrami was thick and very lean, but I much prefer the paper thin brisket at Stage Deli, which melts in your mouth. It is flown in daily from NY. Then again, my hubby loved the pastrami, so every palate is different. Anyway, thanks again for all your help. You really made our meals memorable!