I'll be visiting Manhattan from Orange County, California in a couple of months and would welcome your great restaurant suggestions. To give you an idea of the range of what I like, favorites are Union Square Cafe, the Oyster Bar and Caridad 78 on Broadway. I'm into great food but not overpaying for it and I'm not interested in anyplace snooty. (Union Square and Chez Panisse are gold standards for me.) Have been thinking about Mario Batali's places, Penang (which had a Philadelphia branch that was very good), Gotham Bar & Grill. Any and all suggestions will be welcome since I'll be in town for eight nights. Thanks in advance.