Need 6 suggestions, 3 lunch / 3 dinner...
For an upcoming trip, and with regards to the way we will be touring/walking/cabbing about the city, I am seeking three lunch options and three dinner options. Although price is not an issue we would rather not do anything terribly stuffy or too formal. We need lunch on the Upper East Side, Midtown and Greenwich/Soho/Union Square; Dinner on Upper West Side, Midtown and Greenwich/Soho/Union Square.
I've read many of these boards and have been to NYC before. I have a few places in mind but don't wish to taint any ideas from the experts. Any advice you can give would be great.
We recently had a satisfying lunch Midtown at Trattoria Trecolori (thanks to RGR's recommendation). La Bonne Soupe for soups, sandwiches and salads. You also might try Marseille for either lunch or dinner.
As for dinners:
UWS=Compass, Ouest, Telepan (which I am not as crazy about, but many are and it gets good press)
Midtown=Vice Versa (hands down my favorite), Esca for seafood, Fleur de Sel (another nod of thanks to RGR)
Regulars here know I am definitely no fan of Becco. Mediocre pastas on the ayce special, sardine-tight seating, and a noise level so insanely high that normal conversation is impossible.
We haven't been to ViceVersa, but as idia has alluded to, I really like Trecolori's tasty homestyle fare. However, it would be unfair to compare it to L'Impero, which serves superb contemporary Italian cuisine that is on a much higher culinary level.
Btw, Fleur de Sel is not in Midtown but, rather, in the vicinity of Union Square.
I just had a fabulous meal at Lomito, a new argentinian/italian place in West Soho. The atmosphere was great and so was the food. Extremely fresh and a good variety of pasta and other dishes to choose from. A unique blend of cuisines that made for a flavorful and delicous dinner.