Thank you to all who offered suggestions. We had a glorious time in NYC and can't wait to return. Here were so highs (and some lows):
We really enjoyed our first night meal at The Red Cat. We were staying on W. 23rd so could walk to the restaurant. Our waiter was wonderful and continued to turn us on to other places to eat over the next week. We thought the food was very good and the service wonderful.
Lunch at Cafe Boulud after the Met and before cutting through the Park at 72nd street was great. We thought we just might be the youngest couple there and we're in our mid 50's. The $30 prix fixe lunch is worth doing. The food is very, very good.
Mary's Fish Camp-great scene mediocre chow and especially in comparison to Pearl Oyster Bar. We knew we'd love the lobster rolls at Pearl but were completely bowled over by the clam chowder.
Blue Ribbon~great late night spot for full on dinner or a burger. We felt so cosmopolitan dining at midnoc!
Pizza at Grimaldi's~an expereince but left us wanting for that very thin crust, extra garlic and cheese pie we remembered from our youths.
Second Avenue Deli-Mecca
Katz's: Pales in comparison to SAD
Biggest let down: Babbo. Maybe it was the hype or maybe it really has suffered with Mr. Batali's expansions elsewhere(cookware even) but I was particularly underwhelmed. Table was upstairs and in a corner(read where a table should not be given the prices), service ok but not anything to even remark about, for the most part,and food, while very good grossly overpriced for what it is.With so many other fabulous places to go in NYC why put up with all the attitude and hype??
Places we want to visit next time and had thought we'd hit this time:
Bar at the Modern
Fleur de Sel