My husband and I flew in on Friday and had dinner at Casa De Bandini--as a New York Chowhound, I looked forward to having some good Mexican food in San Diego. I was a little disappointed by their menu, especially since they didn't have any mole dishes, and we ended up sharing this make-your-own-taco combination dish which was ok, but wasn't quite the Mexican dining experience I was hoping for.
One thing I was really looking forward to was eating at Acqua al 2--we ate at the original restaurant in Florence last year and really enjoyed it. We ended up sharing the three-course sampler, consisting of a sampler of 5 pasta dishes, 3 meat dishes (in this case it was three different steak dishes), and 5 desserts. We were pleasantly surprised that the restaurant matched up to our Florence experience, with the only weakness being the desserts.
On Sunday, I tried the lunch buffet at Monsoon after my husband raved about it--I've only been to a handful of Indian buffets, but this one definitely ranked low. It wasn't bad, but their food tasted a tad more Americanized than the Indian food I'm accustomed to having. I wanted to return to Acqua al 2 for dinner, but unfortunately they were closed for a private party so we ended up going to Bandar. I ordered the chicken kabab which was good and incredibly moist and tender but I felt like it was still missing something. Anyhow, hope this helpful to some and if any Californians would like some recommendations for inexpensive or moderately priced restaurants in NYC, let me know!