LAChowhounder in the city for 2 days!
I used to live in New York (5 years ago) and while I have my favorite places, I am wondering if there is anything that I must go to or that is missing from my list:
Union Square Cafe
Need more recs for breakfasts, casual lunches and nice dinners - any cuisine - more in the village/union square area. Just want really amazing food!
Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Cafe are okay but I would go with Veritas (across the street from Gramercy) and maybe Eleven Madison Park with the not so new anymore chef.
John's Pizza doesn't do much for me. I'd consider trying Demarco's...Houston and Sullivan. It's owned by the kids of Difara's owner and while not as good as dad, I think its my favorite square pie in manhattan.
I would stop everything and go to 'ino for lunch or early dinner. Truffled egg toast, cheese plate, quatro panini, and some wine and you are in heaven. Very small and no reservations so earlier the better.
Crispo is a great idea as well.
Yes, switch DeMArco's for John's BUT go to the take-out seating area NOT the restaurant. Restaurant has different pizza chefs (go figure) and lousy, lousy service.
Little Owl on Bedford and Grove is the new popular place in the West Village. Use the excellent Snack Taverna down the block if your dinner reservation there falls through.
For lunch get an Italian Hero at Faicco's on Bleeker Street. Dessert down the block at Roccos (cannoli). Or falafel at Taim on Waverly.
Chocolate croissant and coffee at Patisserie Claude on w. 4th. (Most people love that place.)
Here's two suggestions:
1) Crispo: After seeing a lot of postings on this place, I finally had a chance to go this past weekend for dinner and it was amazing. Well executed Italian. The food was terrific - started with the risotto balls and frisee salad. Then my SO and I shared the spaghetti carbonara and the whole roasted branzino special. Perfect on both counts. Dessert was strawberries with marscapone and balsamic vinegar. Definitely recommend!
2) Grey Dog: good casual lunch place in W. Village - sandwiches, soups, salads. Gets pretty crowded though.