So many restaurants , So little time
Making my first trip back to Manhatan in 4 years and I have two nights, 10/31 and 11/1 to sample a New York only restaurant that will give us great food (NOT RICH) a good wine list and an experience to remember. I live in Vegas after 30 years in LA so I get the pricetag issues. That is not an issue.
Italian, spanish or great seafood always work. We arent snobs so it doesnt have to be white glove. We prefer restaurants where there arent sister restaurants in Vegas or LA so lets rule out Mario Batali type chefs.
look forward to suggestons.
You might enjoy Casa Mono (excellent Spanish tapas, great wine list). Have you tried Pearl Oyster Bar or Ed's Oyster Bar or Mary's Fish Camp? All worthy, non-snobby dining destinations. For white tablecloth seafood, besides the obvious (Le Bernardin), try Milos for very good grilled fish, Greek style. If you want a good, neighborhood Italian that's not so well known, try Spiga. They used to be very nouveau Italian; nowadays, they're just a little big innovative, but still good. Insieme is much more expensive, but also very good, with the menu divided into classic vs. modern rifts. Food is rich, but well portioned.
Oh, if price tag really isn't a big concern, look into the Modern Dining Room (Alsatian), Eleven Madison Park (new American), Craft (new American), and Aquavit (Swedish). Again, the food on some of these menus might fall in your definition of rich, but portions are very healthy, so you won't feel too weighed down. (Also, in NYC, you tend to walk it off.)
This should give you a good start. If you have neighborhood preferences, that might help you narrow down your options.
links with addresses:
65 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022
Pearl Oyster Bar
18 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014
Eleven Madison Park
11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003
9 West 53rd Street, New York, NY 10019
Ed's Lobster Bar
222 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
Mary's Fish Camp
64 Charles St, New York, NY 10014
43 E. 19th St., New York, NY 10003
125 West 55th Street, New York, NY 10019
200 W 84th St, New York, NY 10024