I'm a week away from my first visit to New York (for 8 days).
I'll be staying in West Greenwich Village (near 8th Ave & 14th St) and am looking for recommendations on
a) places in the neighbourhood (I'm a good walker)
b) places worth travelling to
I like French, Italian, Japanese & other oriental; I'm not fond of Indian, African or spicy foods. I eat meat. I eat fish. I am slightly squeamish. And I love soup! Delicate, tender soups, sans chunky bits. Soups that are liquid, not gelatinous.
I like small portions and delicate flavours (my favourite restaurant where i live in Vancouver, is the excellent Lumiere--which I suppose you would classify as nouvelle French. They have adopted the prix fixe "tasting" menu, which suits my short attention span so well, and never fails to astound me with its array of unearthly morsels). I have a sweet tooth, but again prefer things on the light side.
I'd prefer to keep the costs down most evenings: in the $20-$40 range (1 person), but a couple of nights I can splurge for $100. (I drink very little).
So, I've been perusing the board and I think I'll try to get into Babbo one night, but the rest -- so many names! So many choices!
May I enlist your help in narrowing it down?