Your 1st Choice?
all things being equal, REALLY no specific food concerns or issues or anything else that could influence your initial gut reaction:
if someone else were footing the bill, which would be your 1st pick and why?
Bar Americain, craftsteak, Fiamma or Tabla (either Main Dining Room or The Bread Bar)?
I'm not sure I understand the premise of your question. After all, "food issues," i.e., how good the food is, would definitely influence my choice. So....
I would stay far away from Bar Americain. We had one dinner there, and the food was lousy.
We've been to Bread Bar a couple of times and like the food. But...
We've not been to the other three, so if someone else were paying, any one of those would be fine with me. If I had to choose among them, it would probably be Tabla.
Hopefully, folks consider "good food" a given <s>.
Sorry for the confusion, I just meant that there were no cusine, neighborhood, time constraints or other sundry factors that usually influence a choice/suggestion.
Oh and presuming this would be a first time at any of the choices.
Agree with comments made about BA and craftsteak - I had an unpleasant experience with a server at Fiamma who constantly tried to "up the check" - pushing bottled water over tap, a bottle of wine vs a glass of wine - a primo piata plus a main course, etc. etc. I felt like I was on Mulberry Street!
Too bad really because the food was excellent!