2009 - exploring different neighborhoods. Starting with dinner in Flatiron/Gramercy Park. What's your favorite?
Paul & Jimmy's - An "oldie but goodie." http://www.paulandjimmys.com
Via Emilia - Excellent homemade pastas. No reservations. Cash only. http://www.viaemilianyc.net
Pamplona (slightly north of Flatiron/Gramercy) - I miss his upscale "Urena," but Alex's more casual cuisine still ranks high. http://www.pamplonanyc.com
Allegretti - Though a bit more on the expensive side, Chef Alain Allegretti's superb Provencal cuisine is totally worth it! If you can make it there for lunch M-F, he offers a 3-course prix-fixe for $28. http://www.allegrettinyc.com
Bar Breton - This is Fleur de Sel's Chef/owner Cyril Renaud's new venture. It's only been open two weeks. We've had two very good meals there (lunch and dinner), and prices are just right for the current economic times. The website -- http://www.barbreton.com -- is still under construction. Chef Reynaud is continuing to tweak the menu, but you can see most of the current offerings on menupages.com.
Kellari's Parea - Our current favorite Greek restaurant. Delicious food, good service, and very pleasing ambiance. http://www.kellari-parea.com