Thanks to all you NYC hounds who helped us find some excellent dining options on our recent visit. Here are some of our impressions.
Marseille: excellent food. went twice, one dinner, one late night snack. especially enjoyed the soup (pistou) and Leffe brown beer on tap. scallops and short ribs were good choices.
worst service of the trip, however, when we were asked if we would like to see desert menus before our entree order was taken.
Cafe Zabarsky: enjoyed our lunch before met museum. killer deserts, as promised.
Park Ave Bistro: dinner. very nice setting, service and food.
Met museum basement cafeteria: lunch while visiting museum. hated the crowded basement setting and the disorganized method of ordering and paying for food. however, the food was better than average, and the prices were fairly reasonable. If you don't need to go here, I'd recommend heading to cafe zabarsky just up the street for a much more pleasant experience.
West bank cafe: dinner. this was my favorite. food, ambience, wine and service all top notch. don't miss the scallops or the butterscotch toffee parfait!
Burger Shoppe: lunch before ferry. solid burger/beer. nothing great, but nice setting upstairs with table service. hop obama beer on tap was excellent. just right for our purposes.
Josephine's: dinner before met opera. i'd rank this a step down from marseille, w. bank cafe and park ave bistro, but it wasn't bad. bustling setting and service were fine. taste of food wasn't anything special. i had a goat cheese ravioli special that didn't really work. overall, however, this was a solid rec for our budget and evening plans.
Sangam: lunch. i'm not knowledgible as regards indian food, but this little storefront had gotten a rave review on chowhound, so we gave it a try. excellent prices, small menu. a few tables. excellent service/nice owners. salad was great with lots of very fresh chopped veggies (only $3). chix biryani was fine, but didn't knock me out. But, again, I'm not qualified to compare it to other indian restaurant experiences.
Alta: dinner. Fun, loud date night atmosphere. service was solid. food was above average, but didn't wow me. however, don't miss the brussel sprouts. spinach salad was 2nd best thing we ordered.
Kee's chocolate: expensive at $2 per, but the pistachio was pretty darn tasty.
La Bonne Soupe: very nice lunch spot. busy. quiche, soup and salad.
Pam's real Thai: enjoyed the food. shrimp pad thai was our favorite dish.
Uncle nick's: lunch. excellent greek food. do not miss the chicken soup or greek salad. lamb kabob and shrimp kabob were also very good.