Thanks to this Board for your great chow suggestions. Hubby and I went to NYC for our first vacation without the baby.
Our first dinner was at Gramercy Taven. We had eaten there our last time in NYC and really enjoyed it. This time (with reservations made a month in advance) we decided to try the vegetable tasting menu. It was $85 pp and had 7 courses in all. Hubby, who's usually a real carnivore, LOVED it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, but probably not as much as he did. Next time, were going to try the other tasting menu (the one with meat!) :) By the way, service was OUTSTANDING...not pushy or overbearing...just right.
The next day we had lunch at Nobu (also with reservations made well in advance). We had heard good things about the cod and rock shrimp. We decided to order both those dishes as well as the yellowtail with jalapeno and the arctic char with crispy spinach. The cod was FANTASTIC and the best dish of them all. Hubby almost wanted to order a second helping of it. We both agreed it was the BEST fish dish either of us had ever had. The rock shrimp was also very good. Service was also very nice (I was worried it would be snooty but our server was so friendly).
Dinner that night was at the Chimichurri grill. We were looking for a pre-theatre dinner (Avenue Q...very funny!) but wanted something other than the usual Italian... The filet mignon with chimichurri sauce was outstanding. We shared an appetizer of empanadas which were sooo flaky and good. Our server was very nice -- only complaint is that the room is TINY and the tables are way too close together!
We had another lunch at Pain quotidien. The sandwiches, soup and bread were yummy! i liked the ambiance with the communal tables. i used to live in belgium so perhaps i am biased but i would definitely go back here for a quick tasty lunch.
Our last meal was brunch at Aquavit. I had always wanted to try Swedish smorrebord. I thought the food was good but would have liked a little more variety. The cold dishes (herring, salads) were especially good. The price was $39 pp. If you've only ever had Swedish meatballs at an Ikea, you're in for a treat here. The decor was interesting...it was a cross between Swedish minimalism and a 1970's suburban basement. Service here was also excellent.
We were very pleased with our choices and would definitely return to Nobu and Gramercy. Chimmichurri and Aquavit were good and we were glad we went, but would probably try some other restos next time.