I'm a former New Yorker now in LA and looking forward to spending next week in the city (leaving this Saturday). My favorite spots in the old days included Pearl Oyster Bar, Union Square, Pao, N, La Lunchonette, Bar Pitti, that sort of thing. On recent visits I've enjoyed Tabla (but not the Bread Bar) and especially Craft.
This visit I'll be based on the upper west side-- 70th and CPW-- an area about which I am almost completely ignorant. (I've been to Picholine once and think it might have been in the neighborhood). I would be grateful for suggestions of all sorts but especially for places in the area and south of there where I might dine alone as I shall probably do on at least two occasions. Am planning Friday night with a friend at Harrison pending persuasive suggestions to the contrary.