First of all, thank you to everyone who responded to my questions related to our trip. We did a 4 night visit, staying in midtown near Rockefeller Center. Weather was a bit colder than we thought it would be and we ran into a couple of subway problems, but other than that it was a great return visit for our family.
Flew in on a 10 hour red-eye to EWR arriving just before noon and by the time we checked into our room it was nearly 2:00 pm. We were famished so we stood in line at the Halal Guys on 6th and 53rd sharing a chicken gyro rice bowl. At $6 this is a great deal, hot, delicious and filling, the best value meal of our trip.
Dinner that evening was at Hatsuhana. This is a beautiful restaurant, with a great fish selection. I almost never see it mentioned here on Chowhound and wonder why. My wife had the sushi set meal which was quite reasonable at $28. I had the box of dreams which was excellent, 9 small rice bowls with various toppings beautifully presented. Our son, newly vegetarian, had agedashi tofu, oshitashi (spinach), hijiki (seaweed), vegetable tempura, miso soup and rice. We finished with the red bean mochi with green tea ice cream. Everyone was pleased with our meal here and we look forward to returning again.
Lunch the next day was at Le Pain Quotidien on Lexington as we were visiting the Metropolitan Museum that afternoon. We had the quiche lorraine, turkey avocado tartine, and son had a rich lentil soup with the avocado omega 3 tartine. An enjoyable meal in a pleasant location, I liked the rustic look of the place.
Dinner was late that night after seeing Jersey Boys at Don Antonio, which was a quick walk from the theater. Wife and I shared a sausage mushroom pie and son had the margherita. Excellent thin crust pizza, nicely charred, crisp outside yet still a bit chewy inside, light on the cheese and sauce. It was still packed at 11:00 pm.
Breakfast the next day was at the Viand Coffee Shop on Madison. Tiny place, no washroom, small old griddle that turns out amazing diner fare. Ordered grilled cheese sandwiches, a cheese omelet and ham, eggs with toast for me. Cheap, tasty and filling.
Dinner that night was at Molyvos, a short walk from our hotel, a nice, comfortable restaurant near Carnegie Hall. Started with an excellent humus spread and zucchini fritters. Dinners were the fresh grilled sardines, whole grilled branzino and stuffed peppers for my son. Everything was tasty and well prepared, service from the staff was cordial and professional.
Lunch our final day was a quick grab at Cafe Zaiya near Grand Central. Almost like a cafeteria, they serve cheap, tasty Japanese food, rice balls, bento boxes, soba/udon noodles and rice bowls. We had the tempura soba, teri beef bento box and soba with deep fried tofu for my son. He also had a vegetable croquette and konbu rice ball. Another reasonable meal, hot and filling.
Our final dinner was at Vice Versa, a quiet neighborhood restaurant in Hells Kitchen. We had crisp salads to start, followed by the spaghetti alla chitarra (fresh pasta with crabmeat), fresh chestnut pappardelle with porcini mushrooms for my son. I had the braised short ribs with spatzle, the meat melt in your mouth tender, a really excellent dish.
Coffee stops were mainly Starbucks because there were two directly across our hotel, but we did manage to try Blue Bottle which we love in San Francisco. Will have to get to Ground Central next time. So many places on my list we have yet to try, but we managed to cross a few off on this visit. Thanks again.