Since I've learned so much from the message boards, I thought I'd finally contribute something. Though March was bleak weather-wise, I managed to keep my spirits up with some good food...
Olives: I went last night. The veal pasta is absolutely amazing. We would never have ordered it but the waiter insisted. The venison pasta dish was also very good. The fig and prosciutto flatbread was yummy. The tuna was just okay, but the sea bass was outstanding. This place is on the very top of my list at the moment.
Mary's Fish Camp: A new (to me) improvement is that they will call you on your cell when your table is ready. I ordered the fried oysters and clams. They were good, but I much prefer the fried oysters at Pearl Oyster Bar. Love the atmosphere.
AKA: Also one of my new favorites. I tried the toungue sandwich! I never would have had I not checked the message boards. It received much enthusiasm from the table. The hanger steak slider on bialy was divine!! The pork empanada was also good, the turkey empanada was only okay, and the mushroom tortilla espanola bialy thing received the most unenthusiastic response. (Yes, I tasted everyone's!) All in all, I can't wait to go back.
Craft: Am I the only person who thinks this place is grossly overrated? I've been underwhelmed both times I've been there.
Iso: (2nd/11th Ave Sushi joint) Skip it. Maybe because it was a Monday, but it was not good.
First: Love the mini burgers and the lollipop buffalo wings. It a good place to go with a group because of the cozy round tables which seat up to 14.
Taka: I am a sushi snob (got sick once) and was very pleasantly suprised by this place. All the sushi was great and I loved the fried oysters.
Aquagrill: Do better oysters exist?? The specials were also great (fish I had never even heard of) and the cod was wonderful.
I also had amazing knishes at Mrs. Stahl's (I think that's the name)in Coney Island... another chowhound recommendation. So thanks!!