I posted a message earlier asking for reccomendations for local places to eat - no tourist traps and no fancy four hour dinners. Thanks for all the great responses! My husband and I came to NY for 2 nights and ate the entire time! The trip was amazing (partially thanks to our perfect view of Central Park from our room at the Ritz Carlton!)
Here is where we ate:
Piccolo Angolo - the perfect NY experience. Cute local restaurant in the west village. We talked with the regulars at the next table (2 inches away) who were very friendly and helpful. The food, the house wine, the chocolate cake were delicious. A+++++
Coffee Shop - for breakfast on Union Square park. I was suspicioius of the Brazilian accented coffee shop fare, but it was great.
Hot dogs - we had them on every corner. I thought all the dogs were pretty good and noticed that the real variation was in the bun. Let's face it - some buns are better than others.
Ritz Carlton Room Service - Lobster risotto - divine, NY steak - sawdust. $250. Need I say more?
Bagels - I had bagels everywhere and I will finally concede - Los Angeles doesn't know how to make a bagel. It's no wonder everyone in LA is on the low-carb diet.
Le Bonbonniere - We found out that New Yorkers eat breakfast much later than we are used to. We wandered around the west village and this was the only place we say that was full of people. It was one of my favorite meals of the trip! You just can't beat a good greasy spoon / coffee shop / diner breakfast!
We wanted to go to Serendipity 3, but every time we went, there was a 90 min wait. (Both times at 11:30 pm!) Next time we will make a reservation.
Despite the room service, we highly reccomend the hotel - Ritz Carlton Central Park. It was beautiful and not touristy.
Thanks so much for all the advice. I miss the city already and have had to remember that they DO give out tickets for jaywalking in Los Angeles! I can't wait to go back!