Back in NYC after a bit of a hiatus since moving to western Canada, used to pop down from Montreal a few times a year. Thought I'd share some feedback since always getting useful info lurking on here.
First night: Brooklyn Fare... cancelled :( our flight got delayed 24hrs due to snow storm. Was pretty pumped to get the reservation so a bit of a let down. But on the plus side restaurant refunded our money despite being within the 14 day window as per their policy, cudos to them (I'm sure they had no difficulty filling the seats with 48hrs notice).
Lunch: Russ and Daughters, herring trio really well done, tasty break from shopping
Second Night: Dovetail. had a quick dinner here before going to the ballet. Chocolate soufflé was highlight of meal. Room was very tastefully restored. Service lacks a bit of polish but overall pleasant experience.
Third Night: Atera. Nice room, great service, loved the somewhat eccentric casualness to it. A couple of stand out dishes. Great experience, best meal of trip and likely best meal in NYC to date; but not into amazing territory.
Lunch: bar room at modern: repeat visit, had the pork rack which was tasty paired with one of their sherries which was interesting, again nice break from museum without having to trek elsewhere in the rain
Forth night: Cosme. we don't get much Mexican up here in Canada. Found this really enjoyable, desert was good if not a bit overhyped.
Brunch at buvette, interestin waffle sandwhich, long line the first day so we wondered over to Via carota instead great authentic Italian spot had some nice brunch options (and no wait in freezing rain)
Last minute late lunch at Lure fishbar, had burger and lobster roll, was not sure what the hype was about here. Was open at the odd hour we wanted to eat, but i'm not sure how this makes it onto Eater 38 for NYC (or how reliable eater is in NYC in general)
Overall had a good time, with my wife and her sister who was on her first trip to Manhattan. Atera was a fun experience for the 3 of us. Although its been a while it compared favourably to EMP, Jean Georges, Le Bernardin, Daniel. It is not in the same league as Saison, Benu, Alinea; nor similar styled places in Europe (ie Geranium). Was hoping to see if Brooklyn Fare was... but to date it seems NYC is a small notch below in terms of blow you away dining experiences. Am I missing something here? SFO seems like a far closer alternative with better options and no red eye flight.