Can you help me narrow my list down?
Thanks everyone for the great responses on my original post. I have five nights in town and have narrowed the list down somewhat. Appreciate any thoughts as I'm one dinner too many. I tried to group decisions so not eating Italian everynight, etc. For background, we're big foodies that use to live in NYC (miss it alot) and likely will have a couple friends with us each night.
1) Del Posto, Apizz or Babbo (love Il Buco but trying to branch out)
2) Market Table, Little Owl or Blue Hill Restaurant
3) Allen and Delancey
5) Perry Street
6) Peter Luger's (believe it or not, in all our years in NY we never made it to Luger's)
For lunch we're thinking Spotted Pig and Momofuku Ssam Bar.
1) Babbo. I've only been to the enoteca room at Del Posto, which I really enjoyed, but I can't speak to the quality of the main dining room. Apizz is a favorite of mine, but if you have the budget and can get reservations, I'd pick Babbo instead.
2) between Market Table and Little Owl, I prefer Little Owl. I haven't been to the Blue Hill in the city, but Blue Hill Stone Barns was excellent. Blue Hill is definitely more upscale than the other 2.
Otherwise, I haven't been to Peter Luger's or Allen and Delancey. Hearth can be hit or miss, so I think--based only on what I've read--I'd pick Allen and Delancey instead of Hearth. Perry Street is great for lunch (although it's been about a year since my last visit). I haven't been for dinner.
Spotted Pig and Momofuku are great choices for lunch. I'd also suggest hitting one of the great prix fixe lunch options in the city like Jean Georges.
I'd deep 6 Luger's. It is living on its past reputation IMO and besides there are so many other fine choices right in good old Manhattan.
Blue Hill rises to the top like cream. I have never been to Del Posto but hear mostly fine things about it.
Though they're not on your list, I would highly recommend Fleur de Sel and Vice Versa.
(not been to #2 thru #5)
6) Luger's rocks...definitely try to go. If dinner seems too daunting, head over for an early lunch around noon when it's not very crowded. I highly recommend the cheeseburger.
Another idea would be to check out Perilla for brunch. Love Momofuku Ssam...Good call.
Blue Hill is one of my favorite restaurants in the city. I'm in the middle of my own crazy conflict right now trying to decide between going there for dinner, or to a place I haven't tried for the sake of variety. Argh!!