On our recent New Years in New York(Manhattan) trip, we ate at the following places. As I got advice from this site in picking places I thought I'd give back.
Norma's for breakfast: The wait to get in was crazy, but the food was good, the service was great and even the prices weren't too bad.
Tavern on the Green for dinner before the theater: Food was average and very pricey. We sat in the Crystal Room, which had a beautiful view, and the service was good. A bit disappointed that for the cost, the food wasn't better.
Carnegie Deli for lunch: We got there early and were given a table without waiting. A plate of pickles apparently comes to the table for free and they were good, really good. I had the Woody Allen which comes with corned beef AND pastrami because I couldnt decide. It was HUGE and very good. My girlfriend had the cheese blintzes, which she really enjoyed. Other than sharing a table, which wasnt so bad, it was a great time.
Angelo's Pizza on 57th for dinner: Right across from our hotel, the salad was good, the wine was tasty and pizza was exactly what we wanted. Probably the best dining we had in matching expectation and what we got.
Felidia's for dinner: The food was really good, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't what I think of when I think of Italian. I love Lidia's cooking show and I guess I had hoped for food more like that. The food is good, the service was excellent and atmosphere was fantastic. The prices were a bit high.
Smith and Wolensky's for dinner: Terrible, terrible, terrible. I guess I had expected more from a place like this. I was the only one remotely dressed nicely, the only one not wearing jeans and a T-shirt. The food was maybe average, but barely and the prices were just too high for what we got. A big disappointment.
We had bagels from a place close to our hotel that were OK, but nothing to write about. We got some on a recent trip to Montreal that will forever ruin other bagel places! We also had hot dogs from a street vendor, which were very good and very needed at the time.
We also grabbed fresh bread (Zito's) and cheese (Murray's) when we were in the Village, which was so very good. We also grabbed some much-needed fruit from an international or luxury grocery close to our hotel. I don't remember the name.
Next time I hope we do better. I think we loaded up with touristy places rather than places that actually had great food, mostly because this was our first trip to NYC.
I hope this helps someone.